The former cheerleader's lawyer Gloria Allred claimed the cheerleaders were exploited and overworked for only $7.25 an hour.
Former @HoustonTexans cheerleader Kelly says she was treated without dignity or value. Says she wasn’t paid for hours worked. @GloriaAllred represents her and four others for a new suit. @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/4xoUcfNZuZ— Shelley Childers (@shelleyabc13) June 1, 2018
Allred, a feminist lawyer, says she will be delivering a letter to the NFL Commissioner about the allegations and wrong-doings of the Texans organization.
Hanah Turnbow, one of the five former cheerleaders, claimed that she was attacked by a fan during a game, and the organization did nothing about it.
Turnbow said that when she complained about the fan, she was told to "suck it up" by the cheerleading staff.
The suit also claims that the women were body shamed, not paid overtime, harassed, bullied and often told that they were "disposable."
During the press conference, the woman said they spent countless hours making public appearances with no security or transportation.
WATCH: The full news conference with Gloria Allred and the former Texans cheerleaders
According to the former cheerleaders, the organization made thousands of dollars on the appearances and paid the cheerleaders almost nothing.
The women said that hours spent traveling to distant locations were not compensated either.
Hotel arrangements were reportedly paid by the Texans, but the cheerleaders received no stipend to cover food cost and were not reimbursed for time missed at their other jobs.
"Being a Houston Texans cheerleader meant the opportunity to become a role model, to show women that they can make a career out of a passion," Kelly Neuner, a former Texans cheerleader said. "And while the glamour and pride of supporting your hometown team is enough to spur a thousand women to try out each year, life as a Houston Texans cheerleader is not all what it is represented to be."
The Texans say they're making adjustments to make the program enjoyable for everyone.
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