The factual assertions detailed above serve as predicates for the specific legal claims levied against the Texans.
As detailed above, the cheerleaders depict work to include a broad range of team-related activities and services rendered. Such work includes practices, games, appearances, travel time and compulsory social media marketing. Some of these activities could fall within the definition of off-the-clock time, which generally refers to job-related activities that occur outside the workplace. For instance, volunteer work on behalf of an employer can be compensable under the FLSA, as can certain kinds of travel time (home-to-work travel is usually not compensable but travel to off-site locations for work often is compensable).
In addition, the cheerleaders demand damages for breach of contract. Their breach of contract theory rests on the assertion that they signed employment contracts with the Texans and that those contracts obligated the team to pay them minimum wage for each hour spent providing services as a cheerleader. The contract, the cheerleaders assert, expresses that they must perform at games and make various other appearances. As detailed above, the cheerleaders contend they were not paid for many of these activities and were denied reasonable per diems, refunded expenses and reimbursed mileage.
How the four remaining franchise-tagged players can find their contractual roadmap from the Vikings’ QB. Plus, your mailbag questions on picking a darkhorse contender, outlooks for Dallas and San Francisco, and possible expansion
NFL players owe Kirk Cousins a hat tip, and a few of them may be giving him just that on July 1That’s the deadline for the four guys left on franchise tags—Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell, Lions DE Ziggy Ansah, Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence and Rams S Lamarcus Joyner—to do long-term deals, and, thanks largely to the roadmap that Cousins drew over the last three offseasons, it will take a lot for their teams to get them signed to anything more than their one-year tenders.
In simple terms, Cousins and agent Mike McCartney decided playing on the tag wasn’t so bad. As they saw it, it gave him guaranteed money for a single year, with significant, guaranteed raises or free agency on the other side. So Cousins took his $19.953 million in 2016, his $23.944 million last year, then got a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million deal from the Vikings in March.