Former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders can move ahead with a class action lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills, a State Supreme Court judge ruled last week.
Justice Timothy J. Drury declared that a class action “would be a far more efficient means of litigation as opposed to a multitude of individual lawsuits.”
Drury further denied the football team’s claim that the cheerleaders were independent contractors since all of the Jills were bound by a Code of Conduct, a handbook of rules which governed their lives down to the most intimate details of personal hygiene.
In addition to telling the women how to dress and wear their hair, the handbook included instructions on what kind of soap to use and how to eat.
“This is huge,” said Christopher Marlborough, an attorney for the cheerleaders.
A Bills spokesperson said the team plans to appeal the ruling.
Several other NFL teams are being sued by their cheerleaders, including the New York Jets, the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.