A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader says she was discriminated against for talking about her Christian faith and mocked by her superiors because she was a virgin.
Kristian Ann Ware’s complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations says her workplace turned hostile after an incident in 2016. She said other cheerleaders were talking about what song they liked to listen to while having sex. She told them she did not have one because she was waiting until marriage to sleep with a man. She said the harassment increased when a photo of her baptism was posted to social media, according to a report from NBC News.
Ware questioned why male NFL players are free to discuss their faith but she was told not to post her religious views on social media. She said when she wrote a blog post for the Dolphin’s website, all mentions of her faith were removed except for a general reference to God, according to an article in the New York Post. She says she wants to know why she is held to a different standard than male members of the organization.
“The NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices,” NFL spokeman Brian McCarthy said in a report published by the Chicago Tribune. “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 and fully complies with state and federal laws.
Ware spent three seasons with the Dolphins.