Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware filed a complaint to the Florida Commission on Human Relations on Wednesday claiming she was subject to a hostile work environment and alleged she faced religious and gender discrimination, per the Washington Post.
Ware told the Washington Post she was inspired to speak out after former Saints cheerleader, Bailey David, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month and claimed she was sacked over "antiquated" and "blatantly discriminatory" social media policies that were different for female cheerleaders and male football players. Kristan Ware, who spent three seasons as a cheerleader with the Dolphins, said in her complaint that cheerleading coaches mocked her after it was learned that she was a virgin, and that she planned on waiting for marriage to have sex. Ware alleged that Dorie Grogan, the director of the cheerleading team, interrogated her about how other team members came to know of her vow. For me, this decision was first and foremost about being obedient to God, living faith to faith and having the courage to always stay true.
In a photo shoot where she had to wear a bikini, Ware claims that Grogan told her to play with the fruit "like they were balls" and to "make love to the camera". Without you, @hardrockstadium wouldn't be the same!
Ware said she went to the team's human resources department in 2016 to complain, but the ridicule and harassment continued.
"If it wasn't for Bailey speaking out, I would have never been able to find Sara", Ware said. Ware says she had been public about her decision to abstain until marriage, prompting her superiors to demand that she not speak about anything related to her virginity anymore, and saying that she "needed to develop into a woman". According to the complaint, Grogan yanked on the straps of the suit until Ware's skin became red and irritated.
Ware remained on the team for one more season before quitting in the spring of 2017.
The former cheerleader believes that football players are held to a different standard when it comes to their religious beliefs. They are not reprimanded or censored when using religious language.
"There is a sense of manipulation, where any time you raised a concern, it was like, 'All we need is a pretty girl to wear the uniform".
"If someone got too handsy, we could just turn around and leave, but we still had to be gracious and say, 'Thank you very much, '" Thibodeaux said in an article. I explained the girl talk and the bus in London.
"It was a dream job for me, so I do understand why girls want to do it", said Thibodeaux in a TV interview, "but it was only after participating did I realize, 'Wow I'm really being taken advantage of'". "The intimidation needs to end".
"The NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices", NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement to the Washington Post.
More troubling details are surfacing about the alleged harassment of National Football League cheerleaders.