Monday, 19 November, 2018

Former NFL cheerleader claims she was sacked over Instagram picture, report says

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Anyway, Davis has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the team of having different rules for men and women. Davis has denied partying with Saints players and claims she set her Instagram to private after a previous discussion with her superiors.

But on Sunday, the New York Times published an infuriating report that reveals that some teams exert nearly maniacal control over both the public image and personal lives of cheerleaders - all based on toxic, outdated notions of how both men and women should behave.

The former Saintsation cheerleader, Bailey Davis, claims she was sacked over Instagram posts that showed her wearing a one-piece outfit that the Saints claimed was inappropriate. Cheerleaders are also to avoid contact with players both IRL and online, which means blocking them on social media, which isn't always an easy feat since many of 2,000 players in the National Football League go by pseudonyms on the internet. Davis has also requested a hearing with the NFL's commissioner following her termination from the squad this year for posting what team officials deemed a provocative post on Instagram.

In January, Davis posted to Instagram a photo of herself in a one-piece outfit.

"If the cheerleaders can't contact the players, then the players shouldn't be able to contact the cheerleaders", attorney Sara Blackwell told the Times. If a Saints cheerleader enters a restaurant and a player is already there, she must leave.

The implication is, Blackwell says, "players are going to come after you and your character depends on how you react".

Lawyers for the Saints told the Herald-Tribune Monday the team did not discriminate against Davis because of her gender.

As per the rules, the cheerleaders aren't allowed to come in contact with players both online and offline both. And Lora Davis added, "I'm super-proud of Bailey and the action and the stand that she's taking over this". Saintsations management told her she had a "dirty face" in the pictures, which invited attention from players, Davis said. Davis also contends, "The antiquated stereotype of women needing to hide for their own protection is not permitted in America and certainly not in the workplace". "This does not help your case".

"The Saints organization strives to treat all employees fairly, including Ms. Davis", Leslie A. Lanusse, a lawyer who is representing the Saints, wrote in an email to the New York Times. "I'd expect you to know better". "The Saints will defend these allegations in due course, and the Organization is confident that its policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny".

Meanwhile, the ex-cheerleader said she hopes her filing will aid others in her position by forcing teams to change their rules so all employees, male and female, are treated equally.

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