“I want to make a difference for not just past or current members, but for future ones,” Wilkins said. “No one ever wants to speak out because they’re just so afraid of losing their spot.”
Ex-Cowboys Cheerleader Sues Team; Claims Mascot Earned More Money Than Her
A former cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys filed a lawsuit against the franchise this week, alleging that she was paid so little that even the mascot made more than her.
Erica Wilkins filed suit in U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas on Tuesday, and she claims the team failed to even pay her minimum wage and overtime.
“They’re profiting off our images and our bodies that we work so hard to keep in shape,” Wilkins told Dallas television station WFAA-TV. “We put in so much work and not to be compensated fairly is really an injustice. They’re profiting off our images and our bodies that we work so hard to keep in shape.”
Wilkins was a part of the cheering squad from May 2014 through August 2017, saying the most she made in a year was $16,516.01. Wilkins says the team violated The Equal Pay Act and Fair Labor Standards Act and she’s seeking “other available damages.”
Her lawyer said she was paid $8 an hour while “Rowdy” the mascot was paid $25 an hour.
“Rowdy is in a costume, you have no look requirements, no height requirements, and no weight requirements,” Wilkins said.
This lawsuit comes just about a month after three former Houston Texans cheerleaders filed a lawsuit, claiming they were subjected to harassment and were not paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Here’s Erica during her glory days: