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Texans Issue Statement After Former Cheerleaders Sue For Sex Discrimination

Texans issue statement after cheerleaders deliver letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Attorney Gloria Allred discusses the lawsuit on behalf of five former Houston Texans cheerleaders, Hannah Turnbow, Ainsley Parish, Morgan Wiederhold, Ashley Rodriguez and Kelly Neuner.

Five former Houston Texans cheerleaders and their attorney, Gloria Allred, sent a letter outlining their demands to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell Monday afternoon.

The former cheerleaders sued the Texans on Friday, alleging the team failed to fully compensate them as required by law and subjected them to a hostile work environment in which they were harassed, intimidated and forced to live in fear.

The lawsuit accuses the franchise of paying the women less than the $7.25 per hour they were promised, not compensating them for making public appearances or performing other tasks related to their jobs and creating a workplace where the women were threatened with being fired for voicing any complaints.

Monday evening, the team posted the following statement on Twitter:

“The Houston Texans have been repeatedly recognized as one of the top workplaces in our city. We take pride in the environment we provide for our staff and we are constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of our employees, including the Houston Texans Cheerleaders. While we have not been served in this case, we have reviewed the complaints and look forward to vigorously defending ourselves against these allegations. We appreciate the Houston Texans Cheerleaders for the positive impact they have made in our community and for the outstanding way they have represented our organization for nearly two decades. If there are things we learn from this process that we feel will make our cheer program even better, we will make the necessary adjustments. We do not tolerate mistreatment of our cheer team or our employees at any time.”

 

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