Cheerleaders reach deal with Bengals

Published 2:20 am Thursday, October 22, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have reached a tentative settlement of a federal lawsuit over pay for their cheerleaders.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court show the Bengals agreed to pay Ben-Gal cheerleaders $255,000 to settle claims that their time commitments for games, practices and promotional events netted them payment that was below minimum wage. The 2014 lawsuit was one of several such claims against NFL teams.

Those covered cheered in the 2011-13 seasons and could receive at least $2,500 each, per season.

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Court documents state that the Bengals added to cheerleader compensation starting with the 2014 season and that the Bengals deny wrongdoing but decided to settle the lawsuit to avoid lengthy, expensive litigation.

The settlement is subject to a Dec. 3 fairness hearing. The team declined to comment Wednesday.