Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Statement on NFL Cheerleader Class Action Lawsuit

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, February 1, 2017)California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) released the following statement after former NFL cheerleaders filed a new class action lawsuit alleging sexist wage policies, wage theft and intimidation:

“These women deserve cheers themselves for standing up to the NFL’s bullying tactics to keep them silent and underpaid. The lawsuit filed by former NFL cheerleaders brings to light a culture that doesn’t value these women or the contributions they make in the slightest. The NFL’s treatment of these women is shameful and sexist, and I am grateful these athletes are standing up for their rights and holding the NFL accountable.”

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher is the author of Assembly Bill 202, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 to designate professional sports cheerleaders as employees to provide them the same workplace protections all other employees in California are entitled to, such as minimum wage, workers compensation and overtime.

For more information on AB 202  or to interview Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact John Vigna at (916) 319-2080 or (916) 212-0357.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit