Things are not going so well for the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins.
Early in the week, and after a long and arduous cultural battle, the team announced that they would be moving away from their “Redskins” moniker, on account of the potential that it had to offend Native Americans. This move was a long-time-coming, and the only reason that we haven’t yet been informed of their new name is the fact that the copyright team has been hard at work snatching up the necessary, legally binding intellectual property.
On Thursday, the team’s week took a turn for the worse, however, after incredibly damning allegations arose regarding blatant and systemic sexism running rampant within the organization.
Fifteen female former employees who worked for the Redskins told The Washington Post that they were sexually harassed while working for the organization, the newspaper published in a bombshell report Thursday.
According to The Post, the team declined a request to release 15 of the former female employees from non-disclosure agreements so they could speak on the record.
The allegations were heavy.
Emily Applegate, who worked as a marketing coordinator before leaving in 2015, was the only woman who spoke to the newspaper on the record about her experience working for the Redskins. The allegations, which reportedly ran from 2006 to 2019, would fall under unwelcome overtures or comments of a sexual nature, and exhortations to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients to close sales deals, the paper reported.
“It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate told The Post. “And we all tolerated it, because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”
Should the NFL return in 2020, (which seems dicey on account of COVID-19), there may be almost nothing left of the Washington “Redskins” as we know them.
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