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NFL cheerleaders fight for employee status

Cheerleaders currently classified as 'independent contractors'

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Nineteen lawmakers from eight states are fighting for NFL cheerleaders to become employees of the league.

NFL cheerleaders are currently classified as "independent contractors". That means that they are not guaranteed minimum wage and do not have other protections such as job security.

The lawmakers sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday. They claim that their "independent contractor" status "outlines a system of abuse" which allows the league to not pay them in a timely manner, or reimburse them for expenses and deduct from their earnings for infractions.

NFL cheerleaders have previously filed lawsuits against several teams including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.