Las Vegas’ inhuman tactics against employees, exposed

The Las Vegas Raiders have taken massive steps to solidify their roster this season, headlined by the major acquisition of All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. However, there have also been outbursts involving the team for reasons other than football.

The Raiders fired team president Dan Ventrelle earlier in the offseason. He later claimed that his dismissal was an act of retaliation, raising allegations that this was due to Ventrelle raising concerns about certain irregularities within the organization as well as a hostile work environment that had fallen in deaf ears.

In a recent presentation, the New York Times was able to shed light on some of the mistreatment of low-level employees within the Raiders organization. The team didn’t just have a few anomalies here and there. It was allegedly an entire system designed to disadvantage its employees.

Going through The New York Times:

What happened in the upper offices inevitably affected the employees below. The workers were consistently underpaid, leading to lawsuits that resulted in the Raiders paying over $1 million in settlements. In 2017, the Raiders settled a lawsuit with dozens of former cheerleaders who accused the team of paying them less than minimum wage during the 2010-2013 seasons. The team paid $1.25 million women to pay them the equivalent of the minimum wage and cover their personal expenses.

Not only were Raiders employees underpaid for the work they were expected to do, but they were also not entitled to overtime or excess work they provided to the team. Nicole Adams, who worked in the team’s human resources department for more than five years, spoke about some of the practices imposed to suppress financial compensation for her employees.

The cheerleaders weren’t the only badly treated employees. Adams, who started in the human resources department in 2016, said he was told to create job descriptions that would prevent employees from working overtime, even though workers could log 12 hours or more during the days. games, training camp and other busy times. .

Orders from above would not have pleased Adams, who spoke out against the practice but could do nothing because the mandate would have been specifically given by the now fired Ventrelle.

Adams said she told her boss it was illegal to work around overtime. His boss agreed, but said Ventrelle wanted it done.

The cases against the Raiders were hardly rare. In 2020, an employee sued the team not only for her own benefit, but on behalf of other employees who were allegedly denied rest and meal break opportunities on game days while also being late for distribute wages. It was eventually settled for $325,000.

Another case involved a team scout who was demoted and ultimately fired for raising concerns about “the balance between his football and family responsibilities. The lawsuit was eventually settled after being transferred to arbitration.

Clearly, these major allegations have rocked the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason. Now the spotlight is on them to make sure repairs are made to pull themselves together.

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