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Former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader sues team over pay

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

A former Milwaukee Bucks cheerleader has sued the team, saying the flat-rate pay system dancers work under leaves them earning far less than minimum wage.
   The lawsuit is believed to be the first on behalf of dancers against an NBA franchise, and it comes after several similar filings against NFL teams.
   Lead plaintiff Lauren Herington says she and others haven't been fairly compensated for games, practices, team functions or photo shoots. She also says the team's appearance policy requires mandatory workouts, salon visits and tanning sessions, for which the dancers aren't reimbursed.
   Bucks spokesman Jake Suski says the team treats and pays all of its employees fairly.
   Minimum wage in Wisconsin matches the federal rate of $7.25 an hour, but Herington's lawyers say dancers realistically earn only about half that.

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