WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Around fifteen women accused former staffers of Washington Redskins of sexual harassment that happened between around 2006-2019.
- The women blamed the toxic and hostile environment in the organization, saying the owner may have never been aware of it.
- The Washington NFL team hired Wilkinson Walsh law firm to conduct an internal audit over the organization’s policy and culture.
Over a dozen women claimed they were sexually abused or verbally harassed while employed by Washington’s NFL team.
On a report published by the Washington Post on Thursday, the 15 women allege that the abuse happened between 2006 and 2019 while still working for the Washington Redskins.
One complainant told the outlet that she faced propositions every day at Richmond during training camp. Another woman detailed to the Post how she was getting unwarranted attention from male coworkers.
One lady claimed one male trainer deliberately gazing up her skirt while she was upstairs, and the other is below.
Julia Payne, an ex-press assistant during the Clinton administration, told the outlet that she never seen a more hostile and devious environment, considering she worked in politics.
Payne worked for the Washington Redskins in 2003.
In another instance, a reporter named Rhiannon Walker disclosed to the newspaper that she also subtly proposed by Alex Santos, the team’s pro personnel director at that time.
Santos was married, and Walker was known to be in a relationship when the incident happened. She filed a formal complaint against the team afterward.
Upon learning of the Post’s story, the team this week hired a law firm, Wilkinson Walsh, to hold a review over the policies, culture, and misconduct in the workplace. Beth Wilkinson, the firm’s co-founder, told the New York Times that they would conduct the investigation.
The organization fired three of its top executives, such as Larry Michael, longtime radio voice of the team, pro personnel assistant director Richard Mann II, and Santos.
Emily Applegate, one of the complainants, described to the outlet how miserable she was while working at the team, and somehow they allowed it because of the fear of being fired.
The organization, formerly known as Washington Redskins, told the Post that they are now addressing the issue. Whenever cases against their policies are moved forward, they promptly act on it.
No one from ladies interviewed by the outlet indicted the team owner Dan Snyder and former president Bruce Allen of sexual abuse, but Applegate claimed the two were not aware.
They think Snyder should be blamed for the organization’s short-staffed human resources and the culture that allowed the alleged abuse, the Post reports.
Snyder did not respond with the Post’s requests for comments, and Allen was not available for a statement. The Hill also reached out to the team, but they declined to give their remarks.
The accusations were following the calls for the Redskins to change its name due to its derogatory implications referring to the Native Americans.
Source: The Hill