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    Former St. Louis Rams employee alleges age discrimination, harassment

    Former St. Louis Rams employee alleges age discrimination, harassment
    BY ROBERT PATRICK • Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 5:06 pm

    ST. LOUIS • A former employee of the St. Louis Rams sued the team and an executive in federal court here Wednesday, alleging age discrimination and sexual harassment at the club.

    In the second suit in less than a month alleging age discrimination, Lory Fabian, 56, claims that in recent years, Rams executives have been shedding “middle-aged women” in favor of those under 40 - “'young inexpensive grinders' who could handle the long hours of NFL employment.”

    Fabian worked in various positions over the years, including as executive assistant to head coaches and executives, and was the “'go-to guy'. . . when an experienced and reliable person was needed for placement in a significant job vacancy,” the suit claims. She was fired from her job as alumni coordinator on May 21, 2011, the suit says.

    The suit's claims single out former Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff, saying they systematically fired several employees over 40.

    Demoff, the suit says, told Fabian that “no one liked her” and she was "too old for her job."

    Fabian's suit also claims that she was subjected to unwanted touching by Bob Reif, the executive vice president for sales and marketing. Reif is a named defendant in the suit.

    The suit says that the Rams retaliated against Fabian for complaining.

    When she was fired, Fabian was less than a month away from her 55th birthday, when she would have qualified for health insurance benefits for 10 years, the suit says.

    A Rams spokesperson did not immediately respond to calls and an email seeking comment.

    Late last month, former equipment manager Todd Hewitt sued in St. Louis County Circuit Court, claiming he was 10 months short of early retirement eligibility that would have kicked in at age 55 when the Rams decided not to renew his contract.

    Hewitt's suit cites the forced departures of the head of security, vice president of operations, director of player relations and a trainer, team photographer and skybox coordinator, all replaced by “significantly younger” people.

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    Re: Former St. Louis Rams employee alleges age discrimination, harassment

    Sounds like our former head coach left more than one mess behind.

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    Re: Former St. Louis Rams employee alleges age discrimination, harassment

    The 4 Pillars must not apply to treating your staff fairly. (I know, just an allegation, but I feared this since we heard our equipment manager was fired without a public reason a couple years ago)
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    Re: Former St. Louis Rams employee alleges age discrimination, harassment

    Wow! this organisations house keeping has been pretty awful!

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    Re: Former St. Louis Rams employee alleges age discrimination, harassment

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenWing View Post
    Sounds like our former head coach left more than one mess behind.
    Quote Originally Posted by chucknbob View Post
    The 4 Pillars must not apply to treating your staff fairly. (I know, just an allegation, but I feared this since we heard our equipment manager was fired without a public reason a couple years ago)
    It's pretty clear what you guys think about Spags, but what do think about Demoff, who is still the residing Exec VP of Football Operations, and has a few omnious quotes to defend himself.

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    Re: Former St. Louis Rams employee alleges age discrimination, harassment

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    A former employee of the St. Louis Rams sued the team and an executive in federal court here Wednesday, alleging age discrimination and sexual harassment at the club.
    al·le·ga·tion
    noun
    1. the act of alleging; affirmation.
    2. an assertion made with little or no proof.
    3. an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.
    4. a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification.
    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by AvengerRam; -06-22-2012 at 04:48 PM.

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