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May 15, 2014

Bills seek removal from Jills lawsuit

Tonawanda News — The Buffalo Bills on Wednesday filed a motion seeking to be removed as one of the defendants in a lawsuit filed last month by five former members of the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad.

The Bills are one of several parties being sued by the ex-Jills, who claim they were not paid for large volumes of hours worked and subject to unacceptable working conditions including some sexually derogatory in nature.

The Bills issued a statement Wednesday explaining their reason for seeking removal from the case.

The statement reads, in part: “As part of running a professional football team, the Bills organization retains a number of third party vendors to provide ancillary services on game days. These services include, among others, parking services, concessionaire services and cheerleading services. 

For decades the Buffalo Jills trademark has been licensed to independent third parties who have assumed the responsibility for the selection, management, training, scheduling and compensation of the cheerleaders. We are aware of public statements and allegations that have surfaced since the start of the recent litigation which attempt to give the impression that our organization employs cheerleaders. Such statements are inaccurate and misleading. Today we responded to these allegations as part of the legal process and remain confident in our position in this matter.” 

Also named in the lawsuit is Stejon Productions, the entity which manages the Jills, as well as Citadel Communications, which formerly managed the Jills.

Following the filing of the lawsuit on April 22, the Jills suspended operations for the 2014 season.

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