Wearing a Halloween costume, Saintsations cheerleader Bailey Davis, left, performs during a break between quarters in an NFL (National Football League) game between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. She was sacked for posting a photo of herself in a one-piece bathing suit on her private Instagram.
Bailey Davis claims she was sacked after three seasons as a Saints cheerleader for the apparently unpardonable sin of posting a photo of herself in a one-piece bathing suit to Instagram. All this nonsense is part and parcel of an anti-fraternization policy that the Saints says is created to protect cheerleaders from the advances of players.
The rules are so strict that the Cheerleaders can not give utter a word except greetings.
Discrimination is to such an extent that the cheerleaders have to leave a restaurant where a player turns up. Davis was sacked for violating a social media policy that does not apply to the team's male players.
"If the cheerleaders can't contact the players, then the players shouldn't be able to contact the cheerleaders", Blackwell said.
According to the Times, the Saints' anti-fraternization policy requires cheerleaders to avoid contact with players, in person or online, even though players are not penalized for contacting cheerleaders. "For now, it is sufficient to say that Ms. Davis was not subjected to discrimination because of her gender".
Instead, she was sacked because it violated their code of conduct. "The organization looks forward to clearing itself of any wrongdoing with regards to its policies and workplace rules".
Though she denied being at the party and had locked her Instagram account as the team required, Davis was sacked after three seasons on the Saints cheerleading squad, the Saintsations. The Oakland Raiders recently settled a class-action lawsuit for $1.2 million after its cheerleader handbook was revaled to tell "Raiderettes" to find out if players are married because "in most cases he won't tell you". "This does not help your case".
Davis' attorney says the EEOC will investigate the allegations of gender discrimination and make a determination. The team accused her of breaking a rule and allegedly told her via text message that she should "know better".
Meanwhile, the ex-cheerleader said she hopes her filing will aid others in her position by forcing teams to change their rules so all employees, male and female, are treated equally. As the New York Times noted, the Buffalo Bills are in hot water for telling its cheerleaders to do jumping jacks during tryouts to see how toned their bodies were.
Despite working for and being employed by the New Orleans Saints, the cheerleaders are not allowed to wear the franchise's merchandise, according to the paper. The team reportedly claims the rules are in place as a means of protecting the women from "preying" athletes. However, Davis can't sue the Saints because she signed an arbitration agreement, giving up that right.