Second Texans Cheerleader Lawsuit Filed
Attorney Gloria Allred announced on Friday, June 1, that she has filed suit on behalf of five former Houston Texans cheerleaders. This is the second such lawsuit in recent weeks.
“My dream to be a Houston Texans cheerleader came true in 2017,” said Hannah Turnbow, former Texans cheerleader.
“But their dreams were shattered by the reality of their lives as Houston Texans cheerleaders,” said Gloria Allred.
According to the cheerleaders, the organization did not pay them for all of their working hours, and they also believe their countless appearances, fitness hours, practices, and game days, were worth more than $7.25 an hour.
“My morals and my faith were put in to question every single day by the decisions that the coaches and the cheerleading staff made,” said former cheerleader Morgan Weiderhold.
The cheerleaders said they had no security and no transportation, and they were even told who they could speak with on their personal time.
“I was attacked by a fan at a game leaving abrasions on my shoulder, my attacker was not approached nor was he removed from the game,” said Hannah Turnbow.
“From out of country trips to my image being sold on cups at gas stations and at the stadium, I was never fully compensated for my time nor did I ever see or get any share of any profits from the merchandise,” said Weiderhold.
The Texans responded with the following statement:
“We are proud of the cheerleader program and have had hundreds of women participate and enjoy their experience while making a positive impact in the local community. We are constantly evaluating our procedures and will continue to make adjustments as needed to make the program enjoyable for everyone,” read the statement.
Not all Texans cheerleaders agree with the lawsuit.
Nicole, another former cheerleader, said that she didn’t take the job because of the pay and that she personally didn’t have any problems with the coach. She did said it would be nice if they were paid more money, but she looked at it as an experience. Her most cherished memories as a cheerleader are the public appearances that the other girls talked about.