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Former Jills win chapter in lawsuit against NFL

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 13:44:00-04

Former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders have won another round in their legal fight against the Buffalo Bills and the National Football League.

The State Supreme Court Appellate Division has upheld a decision handed down in June 2016 by Erie County Supreme Court Justice Timothy Drury that certified the plaintiff's lawsuit as a class action suit.

The Bills, the NFL, and Cumulus Radio Company - formerly Citadel Broadcasting - had appealed that decision in effort to stop the case from moving forward as a class action suit.

Stejon Production Inc, which managed the Jills, suspended operations of the squad in 2014 after five former Jills filed a lawsuit claiming they were underpaid and mistreated.

According to the lawsuit, the cheerleaders worked hundreds of hours for free, were wrongly classified as independent contractors, and had to endure a 'jiggle test' in order for their boss to assess the firmness of their bodies. 

Last year the plaintiffs won a decision confirming their status as employees, not independent contractors. The decision allowed them to recover at least minimum wage for hours worked from 2008-2014.