Raiders request to keep cheerleaders' lawsuit out of court

Raiders request to keep cheerleaders' lawsuit out of court
March 19, 2014, 12:45 pm
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The Raiders want the two Raiderette plaintiffs to plead their case directly to Roger Goodell, rather than a judge. (USATSI)

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The Oakland Raiders are trying to take the pep out of their cheerleaders' class action unfair labor lawsuit against the football team.

In court papers filed Friday, the Raiders' lawyers asked Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wayne Carvill to put the cheerleaders' lawsuit on hold and force the two Raiderette plaintiffs -- Lacy T. and Sarah G. -- to plead their case directly to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, rather than a judge.

The formal request -- the first time the team has issued a public response to the cheerleaders' lawsuit -- aims to compel a forced arbitration, something the cheerleaders' legal team says is shocking, skewed and biased.

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But the Raiders say that's what the cheerleaders agreed to when they signed up for the job.

“Both [plaintiffs] signed written employment agreements stating that ‘all disputes’ they have with the Oakland Raiders shall be subject to binding arbitration through the National Football League,” wrote attorney David J. Reis on behalf of the team. Raiderettes, he said, “are not entitled to seek redress in a court of law for any of their claims.”

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