Five former NFL cheerleaders are suing the Houston Texans for unfair pay, alleged harassment, and for threatening to fire them when they complained.
Ashley Rodriguez, Morgan Wiederhold, Kelly Neuner, Hannah Turnbow, and Ainsley Parish sued the team on Friday in Houston federal court and held a press conference where they shared their grievances.
The women allege the team paid them less than the $7.25 per hour they were promised and did not compensate them for making public appearances or performing other tasks unrelated to the job.
Attorney Gloria Allred stands among former Houston Texans cheerleaders, from left to right, Ashley Rodriguez, Morgan Wiederhold, Kelly Neuner, Hannah Turnbow, and Ainsley Parish who are suing the Houston Texans for unfair pay, a T-shirt with their hourly wage is displayed above
Former Houston Texans cheerleader Hannah Turnbow wipes her tears as she speaks during a press conference Friday, announcing a lawsuit on behalf of five former NFL cheerleaders
They added that the Houston Texans created a hostile work environment where they suffered harassment, intimidation, and were even threatened to be fired when they voiced any complaints.
'I and my fellow cheerleaders were treated as the lowest of the low,' Hannah Turnbow said at a news conference.
'The Houston Texans were paid thousands of dollars to have us show up at appearances at locations all over Texas with no security, no transportation and where our safety was not guaranteed,' she added.
Turnbow said that after she was left with abrasions on her shoulder when she was attacked by a fan at one game, the team told her 'to just suck it up.'
'We were harassed, bullied and body shamed for $7.25 an hour,' said ex-cheerleader Ainsley Parish.
Texans spokeswoman Amy Palcic said the team is constantly evaluating its cheerleader program and makes changes 'as needed to make the program enjoyable for everyone.'
'We are proud of the cheerleader program and have had hundreds of women participate and enjoy