Former Colts Press Box Hostess Sues Over Pay

October 12, 2011 ( – A longtime "hostess" in the Indianapolis Colts' press box claims in a federal class action that the team paid her and her coworkers less than minimum wage, under the table.

The suit says the football team continues the illegal practices for “a dozen or more hostesses” on the Colts’ “statistics crew,” according to Courthouse News Service. 

Colleen Fenstermaker says she worked part-time for the Colts on its statistics crew from 1998 until she was wrongfully fired in September this year. She says hostesses worked eight or more hours on game days, arriving two or more hours before the game and “working significant hours post-game.” 

The news report said that for this eight or more hours work per game, the Colts were paying Fenstermaker and each hostess $40 in cash. When Fenstermaker began in 1998, the Colts were only paying $25 per game. 

In addition, throughout her employment with the Colts, Fenstermaker’s time worked was not recorded by the Colts, nor was she asked to keep track of her time worked. The same was true for similarly situated hostesses.  

The suit seeks back pay, with interest, costs and “any and all other relief just and proper.”