US: Cheerleaders appeal antitrust suit

A former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader identified in court papers as Kelsey K. is appealing the US District Court for the Northern District of California’s order to dismiss her case against the National Football League.

Kelsey K. filed her motion July 25. The May 25 order to dismiss stated the plaintiff did not provide direct evidence that the NFL was involved in a conspiracy to keep cheerleaders pay low, that she suffered any direct harm and that the NFL contract was meant to control the cheerleaders.

Kelsey K. alleged the NFL has conspired to keep cheerleader’s pay under federal minimum wage and violations of antitrust laws. The lawsuit sought more than US$300 million on behalf of herself and other cheerleaders across the league’s 32 teams.

The NFL filed a motion to dismiss her claims, stating she had not provided any evidence, only allegations of conspiracy.

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