WASHINGTON (SBG) — Over a dozen women have accused several members of the Washington Redskins’ staff of sexual harassment, according to The Washington Post.
The Post spoke to 15 women who said they were harassed during their time working for the franchise. The allegations run from 2006 to 2019, spanning most of owner Dan Snyder’s tenure with the team.
Most of the allegations include unwelcome comments or gestures of sexual nature and requests for the women to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients for sales deals.
Several senior members of the franchise are accused of harassment. Among the men accused are:
- Larry Michael, former senior vice president of content and “voice of the Washington Redskins”
- Alex Santos, former director of pro personnel
- Richard Mann II, assistant director of pro personnel
- Dennis Greene, former president of business operations
- Mitch Gersham, former chief operating officer
Michael, Santos and Mann II have all left the team within the last week.
On Thursday, Washington’s NFL team announced it hired a District of Columbia law firm to review the team’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct. A statement released to The Washington Post didn’t specify what the misconduct was.
“The Washington Redskins football team takes issues of employee conduct seriously While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly,” the team said in the statement.
The Washington Post details multiple allegations regarding unwanted advances and sexual comments made towards female reporters and staffers alike. Snyder and longtime president Bruce Allen weren’t accused of any inappropriate behavior, but the women told The Post they were skeptical the men were unaware of the situation.
It is also alleged Snyder and Allen created a hostile work environment and blamed Snyder for not having an adequate human resources department to address the allegations.
Julia Payne, who worked in the Clinton administration and briefly for the team in 2003, told The Post she had “never been in a more hostile, manipulative, passive-aggressive environment.”
The sexual harassment allegations are come as the team is also going through a name-change following pressure from sponsors and decades of public backlash.