Former employees intend to sue Washington Football Team over video outtakes

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With more than 40 former employees claiming that they have endured sexual harassment while working for the Washington Football Team, litigation seems inevitable.

The Washington Post reports that, on Friday, lawyers representing more than 20 former Washington employees informed the team that a lawsuit will be filed over the use of outtakes from multiple videos documenting the making of the annual cheerleader calendar.

“We are currently investigating [the cheerleaders’] claims and intend to file a lawsuit on their behalf to seek redress for this sexually exploitative and abhorrent conduct,” lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz said in a letter to Snyder. The letter, per the Post, also instructs the team to preserve any relevant video footage, any internal communications related to the video, and any records reflecting sexual harassment policies or complaints.

Although the videos were created more than a decade ago, the statute of limitations arguably did not begin to run until the persons who appear on the videos became aware that clips intended for the cutting-room floor allegedly became separate videos allegedly prepared at the behest of former team executive Larry Michael, allegedly for transmission to owner Daniel Snyder.

Other former employees claiming sexual harassment in the workplace may have a much harder time suing, if the last of the alleged incidents happened beyond the applicable statute of limitations. For claims of this nature, a two-year statute of limitations usually applies.

9 responses to “Former employees intend to sue Washington Football Team over video outtakes

  1. Nobody has actually seen this video, or in fact if one was ever delivered to Snyder, but people love to go for free money. As soon as the Post story came out, the lawyers sniffed out an opportunity. This was always about money, not forcing Snyder to sell the team. The only surprise is the NFL isn’t named in the suit. Deeper pockets, and usually seeks settlements. Snyder will fight to the bitter end.

  2. Don’t folks like sports illustrated etc commonly produce videos and shows of this nature, commonly known as “The Making Of” or behind the scenes,so on so forth? Isn’t revealing dress and swimwear the crux of these productions that the outakes come from in the first place?

  3. It’s interesting how they act as if they had no choice in the making of this calendar. I’d also be curious to know how much fun they had during the actual making of it. I guarantee it was all laughs and smiles then. Now, they can make a quick buck (or millions) from a team that’s already been hit and is down. Greed is a dangerous thing.

  4. Another hit piece on Snyder that has zero substance. if you’re gonna sue, then go ahead and file already. Reporting what lawyers “intend” to do is just ridiculous publicity nonsense.

    Secondly, the Washington team will just pull out the caledar contract that specifically allows the team to use ALL video footage.

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