Former Saints cheerleader fired over racy Instagram post; files complaint

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The Times published a story earlier this week about ex-Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis, 22, and the complaint she filed recently with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination in the United States.

Though no evidence was found she was at the party in question, Davis was sacked four days after the Instagram post.

The former Saintsation cheerleader, Bailey Davis, claims she was sacked over Instagram posts that showed her wearing a one-piece outfit that the Saints claimed was inappropriate. "They're treating the players as if they're predators to the cheerleaders and that they're protecting the cheerleaders like it's 1950".

"I want the Saints to have equal rules, the NFL to have equal rules for the cheerleaders and the football players", said Davis.

The rules are so strict that the Cheerleaders can not give utter a word except greetings.

Davis' complaint argues that the Saints' strict rules about fraternizing with players, including not speaking to them at all or dining in the same restaurant as them, violates the NFL's personal conduct policy. If a Saints cheerleader enters a restaurant and a player is already there, she must leave. If a cheerleader is in a restaurant and a player arrives afterward, she must leave.

Davis' case is based on the NFL's equal opportunity stance, and she says the regulations she had to follow violates the policy because they only apply to women.

A lawyer for the Saints, Leslie Lanusse, denied that Davis was the victim of gender discrimination. "The Saints will defend these allegations in due course, and the Organization is confident that its policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny". Cheerleaders must find a way to block each one, while players have no limits on who can follow them.

Bailey Davis is a former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints who is now suing the organization for workplace discrimination.

Davis's case will not be used to reverse a wrongful firing claim, but instead use to reverse team policies which she feels have been unfairly harsh to cheerleaders.

But on Sunday, the New York Times published an infuriating report that reveals that some teams exert nearly maniacal control over both the public image and personal lives of cheerleaders - all based on toxic, outdated notions of how both men and women should behave.

"They told me it was distasteful", she said. The team accused her of breaking a rule and allegedly told her via text message that she should "know better".

A group of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders won a $825,000 lawsuit against the team in 2015 after one member alleged she was paid less than $2 an hour while with the team for two seasons. Cheerleaders have sued National Football League teams, including the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, and Buffalo Bills demanding fair pay. Davis' complaint is rooted in that these rules, that are only applicable to female cheerleaders, are discriminatory towards women.

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