A former New Orleans Saints cheerleader has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over claimed unfair treatment of women working for the team.
“If a Saints cheerleader enters a restaurant and a player is already there, she must leave. If a cheerleader is in a restaurant and a player arrives afterward, she must leave.” @el_belson on NFL cheerleader’s discrimination lawsuit https://t.co/Iqm4oSXVwb
— Connor Ennis (@EnnisNYT) March 26, 2018
Bailey Davis, 22, alleges that she was fired days after posting on Instagram a picture of herself in a one-piece swimsuit. David claims the team told her she violated rules that prohibit cheerleaders from appearing nude, seminude, and attending parties with Saints players.
“Very poor judgment to post a picture like that especially considering our recent conversations about the rumors going around about u,” Ashley Deaton, head of the team’s cheerleading squad, allegedly wrote. “This does not help your case. I’d expect you to know better.”
Her complaint argues that the team’s rules regarding cheerleaders reflect outdated views of women and amount to a double standard.
“If the cheerleaders can’t contact the players, then the players shouldn’t be able to contact the cheerleaders,” Davis’ lawyer Sara Blackwell told The New York Times. “The antiquated stereotype of women needing to hide for their own protection is not permitted in America and certainly not in the workplace.”
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