We’ve been through this before. NBA cheerleaders are basically glorified interns, most of them working for wages that seem disproportionate for the billion dollar industry that they act as a major part of. For most of the dancers, once the final financial tallies are totaled, the gig’s main selling point is prestige points and the chance to say that you were, at one time, an NBA cheerleader.
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One former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader is looking to change this. Lauren Herington sued the team in a Wisconsin court in September, charging that the squad paid her less than half of the state’s minimum wage for her work as a dancer.
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While dancing for the Bucks, Ms. Herington said, she spent full days practicing, performing and engaging in mandatory exercise and beauty regimens. The flat fees she received — $65 for games, $30 for practices and $50 for special appearances — translated to an average