California-based cheerleaders have a little something extra to cheer about. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that guarantees all professional cheerleaders working in the state will be paid at least minimum wage, receive sick leave and other benefits and legal protections. Cheerleaders in California and elsewhere are considered contract employees. The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who reportedly said that even though similar legislation has been introduced in other states, she hopes the NFL won’t leave it up to individual states to mandate that cheerleaders be fairly compensated. “The NFL needs to wake up and say they’ve been going about this the wrong way,” Gonzalez told BuzzFeed. “They could fix this. The ball is in their court.” The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016.
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