Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in an NBC Washington story, “Independent Review of DC NFL Team's Culture, Alleged Misconduct Underway.”
Yesterday, the Washington Post released a bombshell story, in which 15 former employees of the Washington, D.C. NFL team told the paper they were sexually harassed during their time with the organization. Only one of those sources, Emily Applegate, spoke on the record. She never reported the misconduct because she doubted anyone would believe her or care.
Unfortunately, the fact that Ms. Applegate did not report the harassment is not surprising. Ms. Katz explained that, “women get isolated and made to feel that they have no power and that if they come forward, it’s dangerous, and not only would they lose their jobs, they could suffer significant financial penalties.”
The team has hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation, which the NFL will review and “take actions based on its findings.”
In other news this week, the organization announced it would change its logo and name, “Redskins,” after 87 years.
“The name change showed that the organization can be forced to do the right thing,” said Ms. Katz. “Now it’s time to do the right thing with respect to the female employees.”
Read the full story here.