The Buffalo Bills 2014 season is already off to a bad start and the draft is still two weeks away.
The Buffalo Bills cheerleading squad, The Buffalo Jills, will be sitting out the season due to a lawsuit between five former Jills and the two companies that managed the Jills and the Bills themsleves. Why are they filing a lawsuit? Because they are paid horribly and are told to follow absurd codes of conduct spelled out in the “NFL Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders Agreement & Codes of Conduct 2013-2014.”
The codes basically read like something out of a 1940’s guide on how a woman should attract a man. Here are a few of the codes:
— Use “oh my goodness’ instead of ‘oh my GOD,”
— Always say “excuse me” when you burp, sneeze or cough. Even if you think there isn’t anyone around.
— Do not be overly opinionated about anything. Do not complain about anything- ever hang out with a whiner? It’s exhausting and boring.
The codes don’t just tell The Jills how to talk and sneeze, They also tell them how to maintain their vaginas:
— Intimate area’s: Never use a deodorant or chemically enhanced product. Simple, non-deodorant soap will help maintain the right PH balance.
— When menstruating, use a product that right for your menstrual flow. A tampon too big can irritate and develop fungus. A product left in too long can cause bacteria or fungus build up. Products can be changed at least every 4 hours. Except when sleeping, they can be left in for the night.
In addition to these insane and demeaning rules, the Jills are forced to perform at events without being paid. They are also forced to buy their own calendars and then try to sell them to customers so that they do not take a loss. The Jills aren’t the only ones fighting back against these problems. The Oakland Raiders are also being sued over similar charges. It turns out that the NFL is really cheap when it comes to compensating its employees. Who knew?!
There will probably be a lot more of these lawsuits if other squads are paid and treated similarly. That means that teams will finally have to pay fairly for work during games, practices, photo shoots and event appearances. Or, maybe the NFL will think that’s too expensive and scrap cheerleading altogether.