Following a confidential settlement with ex-cheerleaders, the Washington Football NFL Team announced on Wednesday that the cheerleaders will be replaced by a coed dance squad. In recent years, several football teams have added men to their cheerleading squads following lawsuits alleging members were subject to sexual harassment and being underpaid.
Goodman McGuffey partner, Sara Blackwell, who represented former cheerleaders in complaints against the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, said adding men is a “great idea” but doesn’t solve long-standing problems. She also suggested the team is protecting itself from potential gender discrimination suits in the future. “You can change the name. You can change the performance,” Blackwell said. “But it’s the treatment of the cheerleaders that needs to be better.”
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