The past seems to be haunting pro-football legend Brett Favre because right after the “sexting” scandal with New York Jets gameday hostess Jenn Sterger has been settled, two women have surfaced claiming that they were sexually harassed by the player during the 2008 season.
A sexual harassment complaint was recently filed by two former Jets massage therapists, Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole in New York State Supreme Court. In their complaint, they alleged that the athlete tried to solicit them for group sex and sent them inappropriate text messages.
Quoted in the lawsuit were alleged text messages sent by Favre such as, “Brett here you and crissy want to get together im all alone” and even “Kinda lonely tonight. I guess I have bad intentions”. Scavo claimed she showed the messages to her husband, John Scavo and when they demanded that the athlete apologize, he refused and responded in an inappropriate manner.
Both Scavo and O’Toole refused Favre’s advances and stated in their lawsuit that the reported to the Jets about the incident. Allegedly, Lisa Ripi, the executive who handles the massage therapy of the team even told O’Toole to keep her mouth shut and said that, “Chrissy and you will never work for the Jets again”. Since their complaint, both women were not hired again by the team.
Through their attorney, both the Jets management and Ripi were named as defendants and are seeking unspecified damages over the sexual harassment and loss of their jobs.
However, the Jets organization in a statement issued through their law firm denied the allegations. In fact, in the statement, “The case against the Jets is completely without merit, and we look forward to defending the matter in court where we are confident that the Jets will prevail.”
Very few people actually understands what constitutes sexual harassment – there are many who think that co-employees, clients, or employers and managers of the same gender cannot be held liable for it but under the law, these people can be sued.
This is why it is important to ask for expert legal advice from a sexual harassment attorney especially if you are a victim of unwelcome sexual advances or favors or are working in a sexually hostile work environment.