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Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. California legislation believed to be the first of its kind in the nation is set to change that. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday and sent to the governor for his signature would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage and overtime and sick leave if they work for professional sports teams based in California. "Everyone who works hard to provide a great game-day experience deserves the same basic level of dignity and...

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