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Rams Being Sued For Age Discrimination, Sexual Harassment By Former Employee

Former Rams employee Lory Fabian has "sued the team and an executive in federal court Wednesday, alleging age discrimination and sexual harassment," according to Robert Patrick of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. In the "second suit in less than a month alleging age discrimination," Fabian -- who worked in various positions for the team -- claims that "in recent years, the Rams executives have been shedding 'middle-aged women' in favor of those under 40." The suit's claims "single out" former head coach Steve Spagnuolo and Exec VP/Football Operations & COO Kevin Demoff, saying that they "systematically fired several employees over 40." Fabian's suit also claims that she was "subjected to unwanted touching" by Exec VP/Sales & Marketing & CMO Bob Reif. A Rams spokesperson "did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment." 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" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/22). In St. Louis, Bill McClellan wrote under the header, "Rams Lease Could Play Into Age Discrimination Suit" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/3).
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