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Former Buffalo Jills defend their time on the squad

Rochester, N.Y. - Being a Buffalo Jill for Stephanie Bullock, was an opportunity to continue dancing and cheerleading on a stage like no other.

"It's amazing the minute you put your foot on the field and hear the roar of the crowd it's unbelievable," said Bullock who was on the squad from 2006-2009. "It was the most memorable experience of my life thus far."

This is why Bullock said she was shocked when she heard that five former Buffalo Jills are suing the Bills and Management team, claiming minimum wage violations and mistreatment.

"Before you even make the team things are outlined pretty detailed I think to the girls who are trying out that's how I felt anyways," explained Bullock, who said during her time there were no surprises. "Once you make the team there is an entire practice devoted to discussing rules and expectations."

Former Jill, Vicki, who was on the squad from 1992-2003, said she also had an amazing experience as a Jill and didn't experience what the girls are alleging.

Vicki said during her time on the squad she knew the pay would be minimal and being in shape was part of the job - they also worked with a nutritionist.

Five former Buffalo Jills are suing the company that manages to squad, the Bills and other related organizations.

The lawsuit alleges the women worked hundreds of hours for free and were subjected to groping and sexual comments at three separate unpaid off site events.

The NFL and the Buffalo Bills aren't commenting on the lawsuit.

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Washington Times