Buffalo Jills Lawsuit Attracts National Attention

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Former Jills cheerleaders were featured on ABC World News last night and other national broadcasts discussing their lawsuit against the owner of the team.

Currently, five former Jills have brought up a lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills and the current and former owners of the Buffalo Jills. The women claim they were not paid and forced to work hundreds of hours per season. They also said they would go to appearances under the title of “Independent Contractors”, not eligible for employee benefits including minimum wage.

Other complaints include being subject to degrading behavior. The women said they had to make appearances in revealing clothes and physique evaluations were requirements.

Now, the women are trying to change that for current and future cheerleaders, speaking out locally and nationwide.

“We want there to be proper management for these girls and we want the NFL to be aware that this is a national issue across the league and we would like change to take place for these girls,” “Maria” a former Jills Cheerleader said.

The women are seeking monetary damages as well as trying to change the culture of NFL Cheerleading. Channel 7 did reach out to the current and former owner of the Jills but did not receive a response.