Management suspends Buffalo Jills activities

The Buffalo Jills cheerleaders perform during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game between the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Derek Gee)
The Buffalo Jills cheerleaders perform during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game between the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Derek Gee)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Following a lawsuit filed by five former members, the Buffalo Jills have suspended all activities until further notice.

Jills Director Stephanie Mateczun confirmed the suspension of activities to News 4 Thursday afternoon but did not release any additional details.

The suspension comes two day after five former cheerleaders filed a lawsuit against team, their manager Stejon Productions Corp. and former manager Citadel Communications Company. The cheerleaders filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, claiming they were exploited by the team, which they say failed to pay them in accordance with the state’s minimum wage laws.

The women say Stejon Productions charges $150 per hour per cheerleader, but the Jills themselves get none of it.

“We want the community and the all the Bills fans out there to see what we went through, to see what we did off the field. They are there on Sunday’s cheering on the bills like we were, but they don’t see behind the scenes,” said former Jill Maria P.

The former cheerleaders also claim they were degraded by such incidents as the “jiggle test,” wearing bikinis and going into a dunk tank, and sitting on men’s laps in golf carts. You can learn more about that here.

The lawsuit is making headlines across the nation as pundits weigh in on the legality of the case.

The Buffalo Bills will not comment regarding pending litigation.

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