Former Washington football staffer says boss harassed her with ‘Jewish slurs’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A former staffer with the Washington football team, now called the Commanding Officers, has accused her boss of using “Jewish slurs” and other forms of verbal harassment while on the job. organisation.

“I’ve been called Jewish slurs referring to a non-Jewish woman that you’re sexualizing,” Emily Applegate said Thursday in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee, which is investigating allegations of harassment and misconduct within the NFL franchise. “An insult I won’t repeat a rabbi described as ‘simply indefensible, condescending, racist and misogynistic’.”

Applegate did not name his boss in the testimony, but the Washington Post, which in 2020 broke allegations of at least 15 women in a culture of sexual misconduct, said it was Mitch Gershman , the director of marketing. Gershman at the time denied Applegate’s allegations.

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Applegate worked for the team in 2014 and 2015. Gershman left the team in 2015.

Applegate said Dan Snyder, the team’s Jewish owner, is responsible for the alleged harassment. “Dan Snyder created a culture where this behavior was accepted and encouraged,” she said.

In addition to yelling profanity, which Applegate said drove her to tears, she alleged that Gershman told her to wear tight clothes and high heels and talked about dating, including older men. aged.

Democrats called the hearing because the NFL kept an investigation into the allegations secret.

The revelations come the same week the Washington team announced their new name, the Commanders. The team is trying to repair its image following toxic ownership battles, allegations of sexual misconduct and decades of using a derogatory racist name.

Snyder, who had repeatedly said he would never change his name, in 2020 acceded to widespread demand for a name change. Jewish groups were among those calling for change. PJC

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