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Morgan & Morgan Files Suit on Behalf of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleader Alleging Wage Theft

Filed in Tampa’s U.S. District Court, the proposed collective action claims Manouchcar Pierre-Val and other Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders were paid less than $2 per hour for time spent practicing and participating in numerous “community appearances” throughout each year.

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Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

Morgan & Morgan, P.A. has filed a lawsuit* against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alleging the team failed to pay its cheerleaders in accordance with federal wage and hour law. The lead plaintiff in the case, Manouchcar Pierre-Val, and other Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders, allegedly earned less than $2 per hour for time they worked for the team, an amount far below the applicable minimum wage, according to court documents.

“Given the countless number of hours the Buccaneers required its cheerleaders to spend practicing and attending non-profit community events on behalf of the Buccaneers, these paltry wages were far less than the applicable minimum wage in virtually all work weeks,” Pierre-Val’s attorneys, Kim Woods, and fellow Morgan & Morgan attorney Andrew Frisch, said.

According to court documents, the Buccaneers violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law that outlines minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for employers. Court documents show that Pierre-Val, 25, who performed her cheerleading duties in addition to working full-time as a nurse, claims that although she and her fellow cheerleaders were paid $100 for each Buccaneers home game, they received no compensation for nearly 20 hours of required practices each week, nor for the 40-plus hours of annual “community appearances” required by the team.

“I don’t know why it’s taken 30 years for them to come forward about this,” Woods told one prominent Florida news outlet. “But I’m sure all the girls have felt for a long time like they should be getting more money.”

For more information on Morgan & Morgan’s wage and hour attorneys, please visit http://www.forthepeople.com. In lieu of contacting the plaintiff directly, please refer all press inquires or requests for comment to Kim Woods at 407-237-2281 or by email at KWoods(at)forthepeople(dot)com.

About Morgan & Morgan

Morgan & Morgan is one of the largest exclusively plaintiffs’ law firms in the country with 16 offices throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and New York. The firm handles cases nationally involving personal injury, medical malpractice, consumer class action, and securities fraud, as well as complex litigation against drug and medical device manufacturers. Visit Morgan & Morgan online at http://www.forthepeople.com/ for a free case evaluation and information about your legal rights.

*Pierre-Val v. Buccaneers Limited Partnership d/b/a Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Case no. 8:14-CV-1182-T-33-EAJ, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division


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