A judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit brought by a group of former NFL cheerleaders can go forward.

FOX's Tonya J. Powers has the story:

A New York State judge is ruling grants class action status to the suit brought by five former members of the Buffalo Bills' cheerleading squad, known as the "Jills".

Maria is one of them:

(Maria) "Our dream of being a Buffalo Bills cheerleader was taken advantage of."

They sued the NFL and Citadel Broadcasting Company. Now Cumulus, claiming they were improperly classified as independent contractors and forced to work for less than the minimum wage or for free.

The squad hasn't performed at games since the suit was filed.

A proposal has also been introduced in the New York State Senate which, if passed, would require pro teams to treat cheerleaders as employees.

In New York, Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.