Bills file motion to have lawsuit filed by former Jills dismissed

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)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bills have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders.

The squad was suspended by its management company, Stejon Production Corporation, shortly after a lawsuit was filed against its owners and the Bills, accusing both of failing to pay them proper wages and subjecting them to humiliating situations, including a so-called “jiggle test.”

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The Bills have leased out the Jills since 1986, however, the lawsuit alleges that the team still plays a role in managing and controlling the squad’s activities.

In a statement from Stephanie Mateczun, director of the Jills through Stejon Production Corporation, she said, “The Buffalo Bills own the trademark for the Jills; they control the field and everything that happens on that field, from the uniforms the cheerleaders wear to the dances they perform. Yet the organization appears content to attempt to wash their hands of any connection to their own cheerleading squad. The Buffalo Bills management operates a football team valued by some at nearly $900 million. If people believe they don’t maintain influence and control over every part of their operation, including their cheerleaders, they are mistaken.”

But in a statement released Wednesday, the Bills say Mateczun’s position is “inaccurate and misleading.”

“For decades the Buffalo Jills trademark has been licensed to independent third parties who have assumed the responsibility for the selection, management, training, scheduling and compensation of the cheerleaders. Today we responded to these allegations as part of the legal process and remain confident in our position in this matter.”

Mateczun and Stejon Production Corporation say they are disappointed by the “complete lack of accountability on the part of the Buffalo Bills organization.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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