Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Just what, exactly, does it take to be a Buffalo Jill?
It appears that question has been answered as part of a lawsuit filed by five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders. The lawsuit claims that the Jills were paid less than the minimum wage for their work. However there are more sensational aspects to the case.
In the filed complaint, the plaintiffs mentioned certain humiliating aspects of their former job, including the "jiggle test," and rules on feminine hygiene. Today, lawyers representing the five former Jills released the Jills' Handbook to WBEN, inside of which you can see the rules and regulations that must be followed in order to be a Jill.
Among the rules are a series of "Glamour requirements," which go beyond your typical hair and makeup guidelines.
From the Glamour Guidelines:
11. Intimate area's: Never use a deodorant or chemically enhanced product. Simple, non-deodorant soap will help maintain the right PH balance.
12. When menstruating, use a product that right for your menstrual flow. A tampon too big can irritate and develop fungus. A product left in too long can cause bacteria or fungus build up. Products should be changed at least every 4 hrs. Except when sleeping, they can be left in for the night.
The handbook also provides the cheerleaders with guidelines for speaking to others.
18, Do not use slang in conversations. Never use words/phrases such as "like", "I seen it", "You's guys", "dude", "them guys", "pee", & "ain't".
19. Use "Oh My Goddness" rather than "Oh my GOD".
-Talking "about last night"
-Don't try talk about your personal life: job, boyfriends, what you're doing later, etc…
-Saying "I" or "me" too often.
The Glamour Guide features extensive guidelines on how Jills are expected to eat in public.
2. When cutting meat. Never cut the full piece of meat all at once. Cut as you go, American style (cut and switch fork to right hand to eat) or European style (keeping fork in left hand to eat) eating is acceptable.
10. Bread. Should be torn to eat and/or butter, not cut with a knife. Do not overeat bread at a formal setting.
12. Eat at the same pace as the people you are dining with.
20. Never crunch ice at the table.
Also included is a 17 point guide on how to communicate to people with disabilities.
All of that is included within the Glamour Guidelines packet, a separate handbook contains the Jills' Codes of Conduct. In that document, you can learn a bit more about the work behind being a Jill, and how they are compensated.
From the Codes of Conduct:
6. Game ticket privileges: As a Buffalo Jill, you will receive 1 game ticket and 1 parking pass for each game. (Excluding Toronto games) This is your benefit for working that game. These tickets will be distributed prior to each game. If you are not working a particular game for any reason, you will not receive your ticket for that game. Additionally, if you are in violation of a code of conduct, suspended, benched, or dismissed, your ticket privileges may be revoked. Any member of Jills management, including Captains, may "pull" parking passes or game tickets for disruptive or inappropriate behavior.
9. Appearances... All Jills will have to participate in a minimum of 5 non-paid sponsor appearances (included in total) by Dec. 2013...
And not surprisingly, all Jills cheerleaders have to maintain an "impeccable" appearance, including great hair.
12, Physique/Appearance:... You will be give a specific look to maintain for your hair and make up. Any changes in designated look such as hair color or style are grounds for being benched or dismissed... The Director must approve any change in hair color or style PRIOR to it being done.
Much more is included in the handbook, including regulations on calendar and app sales.