Lawyer: "Major victory" in Buffalo Jills lawsuit

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 07:42:49-05

A New York State Supreme Court has decided the class action lawsuit for the Buffalo Jills can move forward.

This means the case is no longer just about the five former Jills who have sued their former managers for back wages they say they're owed.

Representing co-council Christopher Marlborough tells 7 Eyewitness News this is a "major victory" for the Buffalo Jills lawsuit. He says former Jills from years 2008-2014 will be sent documents they are required to fill out indicating if they want to be part of the lawsuit.

"The case is going to move forward on behalf of everyone," Marlborough said. "This is a major victory."

The decision was made Tuesday, January 5 but the lawsuit has been ongoing since 2014. The Buffalo Jills were suspended indefinitely, and haven't cheered since the beginning of the 2014 season.

In the complaint filed by the five former Jills in April 2014, the women claim they were not paid for practice, gametime, appearances, Jr. Jills treatment, and Buffalo Bills Draft Day events, among other things.

The Buffalo Bills released the following statement to 7 Eyewitness News:

“The Buffalo Bills respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision.  It remains our position that this case is being prosecuted by a very small number of former cheerleaders whose allegations do not accurately reflect the sentiment of all cheerleaders.  We intend to appeal today’s ruling and we will continue to vigorously defend the allegations brought against us and we remain confident in our position in this matter.”




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