Woman alleges sex bias Woman: CFL discriminated
Jun. 17, 2006. 01:00 AM
MONTREAL—A female official accuses the CFL of discrimination for not letting her work as a member of the stick crew that measures first downs.
“I’m supposed to be on the field for (last night’s) Alouettes match,” Francesca Dansereau told La Presse. “If I’m not, it’s only because I am a woman.”
Dansereau, 22, received an email from Jacques Daigneault, who is responsible for officials’ schedules, stating that his boss, Jacques Decarie, didn’t believe a woman could do the job correctly.
“Jacques (Decarie) told me that it wasn’t good for the CFL’s image to have Francesca on the field,” Daigneault told the newspaper.
Decarie said it was misread.
“I refused Francesca because she doesn’t have enough experience, not because she’s a woman,” he said, noting that female stick crews work in Edmonton and Vancouver.