Former Jets’ Massage Therapists File Lawsuit Against Farve

Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Brett Farve, claiming the quarterback attempted to have a “three-way” with them, ABC News reports.   Scavo and O’Toole were employed by the Jets as massage therapists.  Both women allege that Favre sent text messages making explicit sexual advances towards them.  Scavo said he treated her “like a hanging slab of meat.”  The suit calls the Jets locker room “a hot bed of sexual harassment, sexism and inappropriate behavior.”  This lawsuit comes after a late 2010 scandal involving allegations that Farve sent racy photos and text messages to Jenn Sterger who served as a sideline reporter for the New York Jets.  No formal charges were made by Sterger against Farve.

The law protects individuals from workplace harassment.  Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.  Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.  Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.  For more information: EEOC Website

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