Sara Blackwell, a lawyer representing Ms. Davis is correct that the Saints want their employees to be good ambassadors for the organization and the community. Davis worked for the Saints did she ever report that she believed she had been harassed by anyone. But you definitely experience that when you encounter people who have been drinking beer. And you sometimes get the disgusting old men who have been drinking and will say something inappropriate. Bailey Davis, a former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, sparked the recent reckoning in cheerleading when she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces civil rights laws, over her treatment by the Saints.
Kaylee. Age: 21.
Now that I'm working in a professional environment, I realize that the way we were treated there was absolutely illegal.
Nathaly. Age: 23.
Melaine Butts - Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader #84
But few women report the situations to supervisors out of fear of retribution. The whole thing is so messed up. They visited high-priced luxury suites, and came to dread certain ones. Handbooks and contracts provided to cheerleaders rarely have detailed information on how to handle or report harassment from fans beyond legal boilerplate. For countless women who have worked for teams over the years, the statute of limitations, which varies by state, has most likely expired. Lacy Thibodeaux, who cheered for the Raiders from to '14, said the cheerleaders were taught to hold their pompoms in a way that would block fans from touching their bare waists or if fans' hands "got too close to our butts" during photos.