Ah... There's nothing like a juicy cheerleader scandal to spice up an otherwise dull Wednesday afternoon. Alas, meet Malori Wampler, a former cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts who's suing the team in U.S. court for sexual and racial discrimination. Last November Wampler, who is Indonesian, was canned by the squad when a fan sent the team a photo of her rocking body paint in the nekked (pictured above, via). Her attorney claims the photo is from a Playboy promotional event. The lawsuit states that the team was completely aware of her previous employment with Playboy and that the nature of the job wasn't an issue. A few items about why she's suing and what she wants from the lawsuit below. Oh yeah, the most important part of the story: The controversial nekked body paint pic is also after the jump (SFW).
Here's a bullet list of items cited by Wampler's attorney in the suit filed against the Colts, via Sports By Brooks:
- Wampler met the Colts legitimate performance expectations.
- Wampler was treated differently than other “similarly situated” male and female employees.
- As a result of the Colts discriminatory acts, Wampler has suffered and will continue to suffer monetary damages and damages for mental anguish and humiliation unless and until the Court grants relief.
- The Colts acted with malice or reckless indifference to Wampler’s civil rights thereby entitling her to punitive damages. Wampler is entitled to recover reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in this action.
And here's what she wants, via Sports By Brooks:
- Require the Colts to reinstate Wampler;
- Award all lost wages Wampler has sustained or will sustain as a result of the Colts conduct (Colts cheerleaders are paid $100 per game.)
- Awarding front pay in an amount equal to the wages that Wampler may reasonably be expected to lose after trial as a result of the Colt’s unlawful conduct should the Court determine that an order requiring the Colts to reinstate Wampler as a Colts Cheerleader is not feasible or appropriate;
- Awarding compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by a jury to make Wampler whole for the mental anguish, emotional distress and other non-pecuniary damages she has suffered because of the Colt’s unlawful conduct;
- Awarding punitive damages in an amount to be determined by a jury to punish the Colts for its unlawful conduct which was malicious or undertaken with reckless indifference to Wampler’s rights and to deter others from similar conduct
- Awarding the costs of maintaining this action, including an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees
More details at the Indy Star. More importantly, now you know what the body paint photo looks like. Your welcome.