Ex-NFL cheerleaders offer to settle bias lawsuit for $1

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 26, 2018

Ms Davis claims she was sacked on 23 Jan for posting an Instagram photo of herself in a one-piece bodysuit, which goes against a rule that prohibits cheerleaders from posting revealing images online - a rule that she says does not apply to men.

Davis says she and other Saintsations were not allowed to dine in the same restaurants as Saints players, and if a player showed up at a party or restaurant where a Saintsation was, the Saintsation had to leave. Davis argues that there are glaring discrepancies between the rules for female cheerleaders and those for the male players.

Meanwhile, Kristen Ann Ware, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, also has sued the league for discrimination, claiming that after she told players she is a virgin, coaches sat her down and told her not to discuss her virginity with players.

Blackwell also wants to require the teams to keep their cheerleading squads for at least five years, to avoid retaliation. She said she only revealed that information after she was asked.

So why are they willing to forego a potential payout?

The settlement proposal comes after Davis and Ware allegedly faced discrimination in the workplace.

The new proposal "could force the league into making the next move in what has become a sticky public-relations battle", reports The New York Times.

"Everyone who works in the National Football League, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws", the statement said. "We're not asking [the league] to admit fault, or to admit guilt, or even admit that there is anything wrong". But Davis said the Saints had just made her change her Instagram account to private to coincide with what her attorney claims is an "antiquated stereotype of women". But if they do want and expect that cheerleaders should have a fair working environment, as they have stated, then it doesn't make any common sense why the answer would be no."The NFL recently issued a statement that said it would work with teams "in sharing best practices" to support cheerleading squads".

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