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Former feminine staff accuse Washington, D.C., NFL workforce officers of sexual harassment and verbal abuse

Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, before the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins on September 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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A report in the Washington Post says 15 women have alleged sexual harassment and verbal abuse by National Football League officials in Washington, DC.

According to the post, club employees, including former radio spokesman Larry Michael and former head of pro staff Alex Santos, have been accused of "inappropriate behavior" towards women, including women journalists who report on the team.

Post history also claims that team owner Dan Snyder humiliated a former manager who was a "college cheerleader."

Michael withdrew from his position on Wednesday, according to him. Santos and deputy director of pro staff Richard Mann were both fired from the team on Saturday.

Only one of the 15 women in the file spoke, the post said, adding that the other women spoke on condition of anonymity because some of them had signed confidentiality agreements with the team and feared legal reprisals. Swiss Post history does not say whether one of the women submitted official complaints to the team or to an outside body.

"The Washington Redskins football team takes employee behavior issues seriously," the team told Post. "While we do not speak publicly to specific employee situations when new behavioral allegations are made that violate these guidelines, we respond promptly."

When the Washington team was contacted about a comment, CNBC referred to their comments in the post article. Former employees Michael, Santos and Mann could not be reached for comment.

New team coach Ron Rivera told the Washington Post: "We're trying to create a new culture here. We hope people understand that they have to judge us based on where we are and where we're going." to where we were. "

The team also commissioned Washington, DC-based Wilkinson Walsh LLP to conduct an "independent review of the team's culture, policies, and allegations of workplace misconduct," founding partner Beth Wilkinson confirmed in an email to CNBC.

Thursday's report in the post isn't the first time the club has hit the headlines for allegedly abusing women. A 2018 New York Times article reported that team cheerleaders said the organization used them to entertain sponsors at an adult-only resort during a 2013 trip to Costa Rica.

On Monday, the team dropped its name and logo under pressure from advertisers and critics who said it was humiliating for Native Americans. Sponsors such as Bank of America, Nike and Pepsi threatened to cut ties to the team if the controversial name were not addressed.

The Washington Post also reported that three minority owners, who make up 40% of the team's owner group, were looking for ways to sell their shares. The limited partners include Frederick Smith, the FedEx CEO, who owns the naming rights for the team's home stadium in Maryland.

The team is valued at $ 3.4 billion and ranked seventh on Forbes' most valuable NFL franchise list in 2019.

– Jessica Golden from CNBC contributed to this article.

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