Three former Houston Texans cheerleaders filed a federal lawsuit this week against the NFL team’s cheerleading director, alleging various violations and abuse, reports said.
Only one plaintiff, identified by the initials P.G.G., is named in the case, ESPN reported. She worked for the Texans as a cheerleader from April 2017 to April 2018, the report said.
Attorney Bruse Loyd told USA Today Sports that two other plaintiffs were seeking class-action status, and he expects more to come forward.
The plaintiffs claim they were subjected to harassment, including over their “weight and ethnic background,” by Alto Gary, director and coach of the Texans’ cheerleading programs, USA Today Sports reported.
“Coach Alto walked up to a cheerleader and poked her face asking her if she had gained her ‘freshman 15,’ saying she looked like she ‘ate a plate of salt;” the lawsuit alleged, according to the newspaper.