Football & the Law

A former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints football team is suing the organization claiming gender discrimination. Bailey Davis says she was fired after three years on the job when the team accused her of violating its code of conduct.

Team officials say that Davis appeared nude or partially nude and in lingerie and attended a team party, which is strictly forbidden by team rules. Davis maintains that she is not at fault, and she has filed a claim with the Equally Employment Opportunity Commission.

Saints cheerleaders are bound by strict contracts that forbid them attending any function where players are present. It is so strict that if a player comes into a restaurant where a cheerleader is having dinner, the cheerleader must get up and leave.

Social media accounts must be kept private, and cheerleaders must allow no member of the organization to “friend” or follow them. The onus is apparently on a Saints cheerleaders to make sure that there is no contact with a player, intentional or otherwise.

Davis’ lawsuit is based on the equal opportunity policy, and states that the rules she had to follow were discriminatory because they only apply to women. Davis’ lawyer says, “If the cheerleaders can’t contact the players, then the players shouldn’t be able to contact the cheerleaders.”

Davis admits to posting a photo of herself in a bikini on her Instagram page, but she doesn’t think she should have been fired.

The question one has to ask is whether or not she violated her contract with the football organization? She apparently signed the contract and agreed to the stringent rules imposed on cheerleaders by the Saints.

What do you think? Does she have a case after agreeing to follow the rules while cheering for the New Orleans Saints?

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