I Was Fired for a Sexy Instagram Photo

By Bailey Davis as told to Kaitlin Menza
Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

From Cosmopolitan

On March 23, 2018, Bailey Davis filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against her former employer, the New Orleans Saints. She has accused the franchise of gender discrimination due to their separate behavioral regulations for football players vs. cheerleaders. Cosmopolitan.com has reviewed the complaint as well as the Saints’ cheerleader handbook, text messages, and other communications, and has requested a statement from the Saints, but has not received a response as of this publication.

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I didn’t think of it as a sexy photo. I had it taken for my portfolio, to show at future dance auditions. It was a full-body shot because I wanted to show off my physique, my athleticism. I liked that you could see a little bit of bicep. As far as baring skin, it wasn’t any different from our Saintsation uniforms. When I was fired, the human resources director told me I had a dirty face in the photo.


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