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'No Panties, No Slouching Breasts,' Cincinnati Bengals Tell Cheerleaders

Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Alexa Brenneman has filed a lawsuit against the team for allegedly violating federal employment laws.

Brenneman's lawsuit claims the Ben-Gals cheerleaders put in more than 300 hours per season for mandatory practices, charity events, posing for the Ben-Gals calendar and required volunteer work, but were only paid $90 a game for cheering at 10 games during the 2013 season, notes

Accounting for all the time she is not paid, Brenneman's lawsuit says she makes $2.85 an hour when the Ohio minimum wage is $7.85 an hour.

Brenneman's suit also mentions a Forbes article that estimates cheerleaders make their NFL teams an extra one million dollars a year.

According to the New York Daily News, the lawsuit also mentions a list of bizarre rules for the Ben-Gals, which was posted on

No panties are to be worn under practice clothes or uniform, not even thong panties. Wear pantyhose to match skin tone (L'eggs). No Danskins/Dance type tights. No control top at practices or games. No exposed skin at ankles — pantyhose must extend down into socks.

No slouching breasts. Support as needed. Black or nude seamless bra mandatory for games (No lace).

Scale weight is recorded twice per week. This data is collected to determine ideal weight. You are given a 3 lb leniency weight. (example- if your goal weight is 114, you are allowed to weigh in at 117 without being considered over).

Sources:,, Forbes, New York Daily News


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