15 former employees allege sexual harassment by Washington officials

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Fifteen former Washington Redskins employees reported experiencing sexual harassment and / or verbal abuse while working for the team, Will Hobson and Liz Clarke of the Washington Post.The allegations date back to 2006-19, covering much of Dan Snyder’s tenure as the team’s owner.

“It was the most miserable experience of my life,” said Emily Applegate, who worked for the team as a marketing coordinator in 2014 before she left in 2015. “And we all tolerated it because we knew if we were complaining – and they reminded us of that – there were 1000 people out there who would take our jobs in the blink of an eye. ”

Employees say they have been forced to wear revealing clothes and flirt with clients for business and that many have been subject to advances and unwanted sexual comments.

Although Snyder and former President Bruce Allen have not been charged with inappropriate behavior, some women believe the two experienced such behavior in their ranks.

“I guess Bruce knew that because he was sitting 30 feet from me … and saw me sobbing at my desk several times a week,” said Applegate.

Three Redskins employees abruptly left the team in the past week as the Post reported its findings to the club. Radio broadcaster Larry Michael – considered the “voice of the Redskins” – left the team and retired on Wednesday, while pro personnel manager Alex Santos and assistant personnel manager Richard Mann II were laid off .

Rhiannon Walker, a Redskins reporter for Athletic, and Nora Princiotti, who reported to the Washington Times team, said they received unwanted advances from Santos. Walker said Santos approached her at a restaurant in Indianapolis during the 2019 combine harvester and asked if she would go out with him. She said that he also pinched her hip.

“It almost looked like the worst thing in the world,” said Walker. “He didn’t care. He thought it was funny. ”

Princiotti said that Santos has commented on her body and wardrobe on several occasions.

“He told me I had a big ass for a little white girl. The general feeling was that I should be wearing less clothes, ”said Princiotti.

Applegate and others said the Redskins human resources department was understaffed, with a full-time employee responsible for more than 220 employees.

“With such a toxic and mood-oriented environment, and the owner behaving like him, how would anyone think that these women would go to HR? Said Julia Payne, who was the team’s vice president of communications for a brief period in 2003.

Current Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said he was working to change culture through the franchise.

“The most important thing is that we need to go ahead and make sure everyone understands that we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy without retribution,” said Rivera, according to John Keim from ESPN.

“Besides, my daughter works for the team and I’m sure I won’t allow any of this!” “

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