Once again, Washington Redskins keeps on being on the limelight and hitting up on the headlines for all sorts of issues and this time better yet not of good cause. For months now, they were battling up with the effect of changing the name Redskin, which eventually they agreed to retire the controversial name a few days ago. Following a lot of pressure from their major sponsors and the news was welcomed all over.
But on Thursday, accusations were leveled against members of the Washington Redskins organization, mainly upper management of sexual harassment and fostering a toxic culture of verbal abuse and ignoring female employees and interns’ complaints between 2005 and 2019 by 15 female ex-Redskins employees.
The women reiterated how they were subjected to a cruel comment about their bodies and sexual advances, and instructed to dress provocatively and flirt with sales clients.
Notably, a 31-year-old Emily Applegate, a former marketing coordinator who began working for the franchise in 2014, recalled her time with the NFL team to be the most miserable experience. In particular, one case was that of being instructed to wear tight dresses to impress by then the former chief operating officer.
The other 14 women spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of litigation, for some signed a non-disclosure agreement with the NFL team that threaten legal retribution if they spoke negatively about the team. The report is over 4500-word story narrating statements from the 15 former employees of the NFL team.
It’s good to note that there are no allegations of inappropriate behavior against the franchise owner Snyder and former longtime general manager Bruce Allen, who vacated the position he held for 10-years at the end of the 2019 season after getting fired. But Snyder is accused of fostering a manipulative, passive-aggressive, and hostile work environment.
The perpetuating high-level employees of the franchise are;
- Larry Michael
Former senior vice president and the chief content officer who is the longtime radio play-by-play announcer of the franchise, he announced he was retiring on Wednesday. He is being accused by seven former women employees who occasionally spoke about female colleagues’ physical appearance in a sexual and belittling manner.
- Alex Santos
Former director of pro personnel, fired this week, is accused by six former female employees and two reporters making unwelcome overtures and commenting about their bodies.
- Richard Mann II
Former assistant director of pro personnel, fired this week, shared with a female employee his conversation with coworkers about whether she had undergone breast enhancement surgery.
- Dennis Greene
Former president of business operations, In Costa Rica, 2013, he had sold access to franchise cheerleaders and encouraged the sales staff to wear revealing dresses and flirt with suite holders. And they participated in a photoshoot in revealing pose.
- Mitch Gershman
Emily Applegate is accusing former Chief operating officer of verbally abusing her over minor workplace issues and complimenting her body.
He is the only accused person who has a comment, and he was quick to dismal the claims and apologized to anyone he might have verbally abused.
The franchise has hired D.C. Attorney Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh LLP to review the organization protocols.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.