Fired Saintsation files discrimination complaint against Saints
00:39, Mar 28, 2018
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Former New Orleans Saintscheerleader Bailey Davis has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that accuses the National Football League team of having different rules for the team's cheerleaders and players, according to a report by the New York Times's Ken Belson.
"Very poor judgment to post a picture like that especially considering our recent conversations about the rumors going around about u", Deaton wrote, referencing a rumor that Davis attended a party with a player.
In her claim, Davis argues that the reasoning for why she was sacked violates the NFL rule prohibiting discrimination based on somebody's "race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation". All this nonsense is part and parcel of an anti-fraternization policy that the Saints says is created to protect cheerleaders from the advances of players.
As per the rules, the cheerleaders aren't allowed to come in contact with players both online and offline both.
The rules are so strict that the Cheerleaders can not give utter a word except greetings. The cheerleaders must block players from following them on social media and can not post photos of themselves in Saints gear, denying them the chance to market themselves.
Cheerleaders have to go as far as leave a restaurant if a player is already there or arrives after her.
On social media, cheerleaders also are required to block players from following them. "For now, it is sufficient to say that Ms. Davis was not subject to discrimination because of her gender".
Davis denied attending the party.
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Davis now won't be allowed to work her fourth and a year ago on the squad, when she would have earned $10.25 an hour, $3 above the minimum wage in Louisiana. "The organization looks forward to clearing itself of any wrongdoing with regards to its policies and workplace rules".
"The Saints organization strives to treat all employees fairly, including Ms. Davis", Leslie A. Lanusse, a lawyer for the team, said.
The complaint asserts that while female cheerleaders must heed numerous behavioral guidelines, no such restrictions exist for male players, who often post shirtless photos and are free to like photos of cheerleaders. "This does not help your case".
Davis, 22, is a former New Orleans Saints cheerleader and current college student from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In the suit, she argues that she qualifies as "NFL personnel", which means the NFL's personal conduct policy applies to her as well as her fellow cheerleaders.
The Saints denied any discrimination took place. Always had to double check for Instagram posts, we were always checking on each other, you know, 'maybe don't post that.
Davis said she is still a Saints fan.
The photograph appeared on the cheerleader's Instagram page in January, according to The New York Times.
A group of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders won a $825,000 lawsuit against the team in 2015 after one member alleged she was paid less than $2 an hour while with the team for two seasons.
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