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Appellate court upholds Buffalo Jills' right to pursue lawsuit against Bills, NFL

The right of Buffalo Jills cheerleaders to pursue a class action lawsuit against the National Football League, the Buffalo Bills and others was upheld by the state Appellate Division.

The Jills are suing the team and the league to recover what they say are hundreds of hours in unpaid wages and other Labor Law violations. The suit was originated in 2014 by four women who were with the Jills between 2009 and 2014.

The women say that they were wrongly classified as “independent contractors” instead of team employees, and that they were not paid for performing at Bills games, or for hundreds of hours of practice time and charity work.

The Appellate panel in Rochester unanimously affirmed Justice Timothy J. Drury Jr.’s decision to grant class certification to the Jills and their 134 past members. The Buffalo Jills suspended performing for the team in 2014 after the lawsuit was filed.

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