Former Rams employee sues for age discrimination, sexual harassment

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As Chris Berman would say, once is an accident and twice is a trend.  Or something.

Last month, former Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt sued the team for age discrimination.  Now, former executive assistant Lory Fabian has sued the Rams and executive V.P. of sales and marketing Bob Reif.  Fabian alleges age discrimination and sexual harassment, according to Robert Patrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Fabian specifically claims that the Rams have been shedding “middle-aged women” and replacing them with “‘young inexpensive grinders’ who could handle the long hours of NFL employment.”  She says that coach Steve Spagnuolo and COO Kevin Demoff targeted older employees for termination, and that Demoff told Fabian that  “no one liked her” and that she was “too old for her job.”

The lawsuit also alleges that Fabian was subjected to unwanted touching by Reif, and that the Rams retaliated against her for complaining about it.

These are only allegations, but any organization facing multiple lawsuits making similar claims should be concerned about the situation — especially since more former employees could choose to follow suit by filing suit.

16 responses to “Former Rams employee sues for age discrimination, sexual harassment

  1. That’s the problem with discrimination. If you fire one person because they are old, or a woman, or anything else you allow anyone in those categories (not to mention a judge potentially) to make that assumption.

    I guess this will not matter in regards to anything on the field unless Spags some how is involved in either suit (and if there is a chance at that I’m sure the Rams will just settle).

  2. I don’t see how letting go of older employees in favor of younger ones is any different than what many companies do in or out of football; unwanted touching aside.

  3. If you run a business, you should be very careful who you hire. Once you hire someone, it can be very hard to get rid of them cleanly. This country has way too many lawyers, and they’re searching for willing clients. Too many people have a sense of entitlement, and are just looking for a big payday, so they can retire and sponge off of society.

    Who really pays for it? We all do. The price of every single thing that you purchase has the cost of insurance and litigation built in.

  4. “Fabian specifically claims that the Rams have been shedding “middle-aged women” and replacing them with “‘young inexpensive grinders’ who could handle the long hours of NFL employment.””

    Ummm…if you feel you couldn’t handle the hours, is it age discrimination or a justified move?

  5. bluvayner says:
    Jun 22, 2012 8:26 AM
    If you run a business, you should be very careful who you hire. Once you hire someone, it can be very hard to get rid of them cleanly. This country has way too many lawyers, and they’re searching for willing clients. Too many people have a sense of entitlement, and are just looking for a big payday, so they can retire and sponge off of society.

    Who really pays for it? We all do. The price of every single thing that you purchase has the cost of insurance and litigation built in.
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    There is no way for this post to be any more correct. I worked in HR for awhile in a major company and it made me even more cynical now than I was then!

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