15 women allege sexual harassment against Washington Redskins executives

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

The Washington Post has officially released their article about the Redskins, that many reporters hinted toward this week. The news is absolutely disgusting. The article talks about the horrible experience many female Redskins employees had with the team. The article is highlighted by a hero Emily Applegate, who came forward with her story about what happened to her.

As it says in the article “Applegate is one of 15 former female Redskins employees who told The Washington Post they were sexually harassed during their time at the club.”

No one has accused Dan Snyder or Bruce Allen with any inappropriate behavior, but as it says “I would assume Bruce [Allen] knew because he sat 30 feet away from me … and saw me sobbing at my desk several times every week,” Applegate said.

“While Applegate and others did not accuse Snyder of acting improperly with women, they blamed him for an understaffed human resources department and what they viewed as a sophomoric culture of verbal abuse among top executives that they believed played a role in how those executives treated their employees.”

This story dives into how many male executives treated female employees. As two former female employees put it ““It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate, now 31, said of her year working as a marketing coordinator for the club, which she left in 2015. “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.”” -Emily Applegate

““I have never been in a more hostile, manipulative, passive-aggressive environment … and I worked in politics. … With such a toxic, mood-driven environment, and the owner behaving like he does, how could anyone think these women would go to HR?

”” -Julia Payne

6 people were accused of sexual misconduct.

Alex Santos, as it explains, “Santos, the club’s director of pro personnel, was accused by six former employees and two reporters who covered the team of making inappropriate remarks about their bodies and asking them if they were romantically interested in him.”

“Richard Mann II, assistant director of pro personnel, who in one text message obtained by the The Post told a female employee he and his colleagues debated whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced and in another text message told another female employee to expect an “inappropriate hug … And don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.” Mann, who also was fired last week, declined to comment.”

“Dennis Greene, former president of business operations, implored female sales staff to wear low-cut blouses, tight skirts and flirt with wealthy suite holders, according to five former employees, including Applegate. Greene’s 17-year career with the club ended in 2018 amid a scandal over the revelation he had sold access to Redskins cheerleaders — including attendance at a bikini calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica — as part of premium suite packages. Greene declined to comment.”

“Mitch Gershman, former chief operating officer, who Applegate said routinely berated her for trivial problems such as printer malfunctions while also complimenting her body. Two other former female employees supported Applegate’s account of her sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Gershman, who left the team in 2015.”

“Michael, senior vice president of content and “the voice of the Washington Redskins.” Seven former employees said Michael routinely discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues in sexual and disparaging overtones. In 2018, Michael was caught on a “hot mic” speaking about the attractiveness of a college-aged intern, according to six former employees who heard the recording. Michael declined an interview request and retired Wednesday.”

Referencing Eric Schaffer, "the club’s general counsel and senior vice president, who left earlier this year," it says “Applegate regards Schaffer as one of the few male team executives who treated her well. Some of her former colleagues, however, expressed outrage that Schaffer didn’t file a complaint of his own. According to the employee manual, “all supervisory and management personnel of the Redskins organization are expected to take immediate and appropriate action to prevent or stop harassment in the workplace of which they become aware.”

You can find the full story at https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/07/16/redskins-sexual-harassment-larry-michael-alex-santos/?arc404=true

This story is absolutely disgusting, and it is not the full story either. In the coming days, much more news could arise regarding this issue. Could it lead to forcing Dan Snyder to sell the team? We will have to wait and see.

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