The New Orleans Saints fired cheerleader, Bailey Davis, after she had been with the team for three seasons, and all without trouble. Ms. Davis was terminated for cause for the following reasons:
Ms. Davis has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the grounds that the Saints have two sets of rules, one for the players and different ones for the cheerleaders. Ken Belson, "Men Play by Own Rules, Fired Cheerleader Says in Filing Against Saints," New York Times, March 26, 2018m p. SM 1 Ms. Davis's mother had been the choreographer for the "Saintsations" for 18 years, but resigned following her daughter's termination.
For example, from the handbook for cheerleaders:
The NFL explains that the rules are necessary to protect the cheerleaders from the players. However, the onus is all on the cheerleaders to stop their behavior in order to prevent the players from preying on them.
The Buffalo Bills have disbanded their cheerleading squad, but prior to their elimination, management monitored the cheerleaders' Facebook pages without the knowledge ot consent of the cheerleaders. There has also been litigation over wages, which resulted in the cheerleaders earning minimum wage and overtime.
If the goal of the Saints' policy is to prevent fraternization, then the rules must not put the burden entirely on the women. The rules that are designed to prevent fraternization should apply to all employees of the Saints, male or female. Ms. Davis may actually have a valid argument about the disparity in applications of the rules.
Explain the disparity in treatment between players and cheerleaders.
What theory could the EEOC apply to the claim of Ms. Davis?