Fifteen Former Female Employees Accuse Top Washington Redskins Executives Of Sexual Harassment – The NFL’s Washington Redskins, already under fire and changing its racially insensitive name, now 15 female former Redskins employees have accused the organization of sexual harassment and fostering a toxic culture of abuse.
Fifteen Former Female Employees Accuse Top Washington Redskins Executives Of Sexual Harassment:
After days of speculation about misconduct within the Redskins’ organization, The Washington Post released a report Thursday evening alleging widespread sexual misconduct among senior executives at the NFL team formerly known as the Washington Redskins.
The report details years of alleged sexual harassment and threats of retaliation against 15 women who spoke to the newspaper.
The newspaper obtained screenshots of text messages in which Richard Mann II — the team’s assistant director of pro personnel — made inappropriate, sexual comments to a female employee. Mann was fired in the past week.
The allegations span from 2006 to 2019, according to the newspaper, and range from inappropriate remarks about female employees’ bodies or clothing, to instances of verbal abuse.
The allegations include subjecting the women to unwelcome comments and sexual advances, encouraging then to dress provocatively and flirt with sales clients, looking up through a transparent staircase at women in skirts, and various sexual approaches and comments.
Some of those accused of inappropriate behavior, including Redskins’ radio broadcaster Larry Michael and director of pro personnel Alex Santos, have already abruptly departed from the team after the Post presented the team with the allegations that were being raised against them.
Among the examples of alleged misconduct was Michael describing the attractiveness of a college intern on a hot mic, Alex Santos inappropriately touching and making advances toward two reporters and a host of employees, and group messages debating the appearances of female colleagues. Women were also repeatedly told to wear revealing clothes, according to the report.
Washington Redskins Have 15 Women Accuse Dan Snyder’s Organization Of Sexual Harassment:
Seven former employees said Michael would often inappropriately talk about women in the office. Santos was the subject of an internal investigation after being accused of several unwanted advances towards reporter Rhiannon Walker, who covers the team for The Athletic.
The Post also obtained text messages that are said to have been between former assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II and one female employee, in which Mann appears to have told the employee he wanted to give her an “inappropriate hug … And don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.”
“I was propositioned basically every day at training camp,” said one female employee, according to the Post.
This week, however, three people implicated in the article retired or were removed from the organization. Michael retired and Santos was dismissed. Assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II was also recently fired.
“The Washington Redskins football team takes issues of employee conduct seriously,” the team told the newspaper. “While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly.”
“I have never been in a more hostile, manipulative, passive-aggressive environment,” former VP of communications Julia Payne told the newspaper. “And I worked in politics.”
The team had hired attorney Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh LLP “to conduct a thorough independent review of this entire matter and help the team set new employee standards for the future.”
The article does not directly connect team owner Dan Snyder to the incidents, but describes him as having created what the women viewed as “a sophomoric culture of verbal abuse.”
The report said it conducted interviews with more than 40 current and former employees. Fourteen of the 15 accusers told the newspaper they had signed non-disclosure agreements and feared they could face litigation if their names were used.
The Washington Redskins football team has been in the spotlight over the past few weeks as it faced pressure to change its name, which has been long criticized for its racist connotations.
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