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Former Dolphins Cheerleader Files Complaint, Cites “Hostile Workplace”

Former Dolphins Cheerleader Files Complaint, Cites “Hostile Workplace”


DOLPHIN CHEERLEADER SHARES HER STORY AFTER SHE FILED A DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AGAINST THE TEAM IN THE NFL. KRISTIN WARE SPENT THREE SEASONS WITH THE SQUAD PERFORMING AT EVERY GAME, EVEN TRAVELING THE WORLD. AWAY FROM THE SIDELINES, SHE SAID THE WORK ENVIRONMENT WAS TOXIC AND HOSTILE. CBS4 TAKES US LIVE WITH THE STORY. Reporter: THIS FORMER CHEERLEADER SAID SHE HOPES HER ACTIONS BRING ABOUT CHANGE. SHE SAID THAT SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXPRESS HER RELIGIOUS BELIEFS THE SAME WAY THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS ARE ALLOWED TO. FOR THREE SEASONS, KRISTIN WARE WAS A MIAMI DOLPHIN CHEERLEADER, BUT SHE LEFT THE SQUAD LAST SPRING CLAIMING A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT AND RETALIATION BECAUSE OF HER CHRISTIAN FAITH AND GENDER. SHE SAID THERE WAS PERVASIVE AND ABUSE AND HARASSMENT BY THE TEAM DIRECTOR. I THINK WE’RE TREATED DIFFERENTLY. WHERE IT STARTED DISTURBING ME, WAS WHEN I WAS TOLD THINGS LIKE YOU CAN’T MENTION GOD. Reporter: SHE FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE NFL AND THE DOLPHINS WITH A FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS. I FELT LIKE I WAS WALKING ON EGGSHELLS, BUT A FOOTBALL PLAYER CAN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE WHATEVER HE BELIEVES IN, WHETHER IT’S KNEELING FOR POLITICAL INDIFFERENCE, OR KNEELING BECAUSE HE HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND HE WANTS TO PRAY BEFORE GAMES, HE HAS THE RIGHT TO DO THAT. Reporter: SHE WAS ALSO TOLD NOT TO TALK ABOUT HER VIRGINITY. MY VIRGINITY GOT BROUGHT UP, AND I SAID, I’M WAITING FOR MARRIAGE, AND THEY SAID AS FAR AS WE’RE CONCERNED, YOU’VE TAKEN SOMETHING THAT WAS ONCE PURE AND BEAUTIFUL AND MADE IT DIRTY. Reporter: SHE IS ONE OF MANY CHEERLEADERS WHO WERE PUBLICLY COMPLAINING ABOUT DOUBLE STANDARDS, TIED TO THEIR WIT, WARDROBE, AND CONDUCT. YOU HAVE TO LEAD OF A FOOTBALL PLAYER COMES IN, EVEN IF YOU’RE GOING TO WALMART, YOU HAVE TO BE PRESENTABLE JUST IN CASE SOMEONE RECOGNIZES YOU. Reporter: A SOURCE FOR THE DOLPHINS AS A SUPERVISOR WAS REPRIMANDED IN 2016 FOR AN INCIDENT IN HIS COMPLAINT, AND APOLOGIZED TO THE TEAM. THE DOLPHINS WERE — RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING WE ARE SERIOUSLY COMMITTED TO PROVIDING A POSITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ORGANIZATION. WE HOLD EVERY MEMBER OF OUR ORGANIZATION TO THE SAME STANDARDS, AND DO NOT DISCRIMINATE AS IT RELATES TO GENDER, RACE, AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. THE NFL IS NOT COMMENTING ON THE COMPLAINT, BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T SEEN IT, BUT A SPOKESMAN SAID IN PART, EVERYONE WHO WORKS IN THE NFL, INCLUDING CHEERLEADERS, HAS THE RIGHT TO WORK IN A POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT THAT IS FREE FROM ANY AND ALL FORMS OF HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION. WHERE IS CALLING FOR ARBITRATION WITH THE FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS

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