I understand what you're saying, Steve, but if the Argo organization honestly felt that her allegations were wrong, I'm sure they would not want them to stand up and slag them (Argos), and would fight to be sure that there was a clear understanding as to what happened. After all, they are trying to get support from the public to come back to their games and they are hosting the Grey cup this year. This doesn't look good on them.
I don't doubt at all that Barker made those statements...
[b]"During the 2010 training camp, Barker told at least two other Argos employees that he wasn’t comfortable with a woman as head athletic trainer.
“It was his opinion that (a woman) would be too ‘soft’ with the players and would be inclined to ‘mother’ them,? Brooks’s lawsuit says."[/b]
She also seems like a skilled hard worker and rose up the organization pretty quickly....
[b]"Brooks, a York University graduate, started volunteering with the Argos in June 2000 and was hired as their head athletic therapist two years later. Managing a team of three assistants, she was responsible for the health and conditioning of Argos players.
Before she was fired on Dec. 14, 2010, Brooks was the only female head athletic therapist in North American professional sports, her lawsuit said. During her tenure with the team, Brooks designed food menus for players and introduced to the team some non-traditional healing techniques, such as cranialsacral therapy (CST), which focuses on the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord."[/b]
"In 2004, former Argos coach Michael Clemons said he called Brooks the Canadian Football League team’s “First Lady? and praised her organizational skills. “You really don’t realize that she’s a female and that’s the best compliment you can make,? Clemons said at the time."
And after being such a good employee, this is the way they treated her in the end....
[b]"On Dec. 14, 2010, Brooks was fired without any prior warning.
“Brooks’s employment record with the Argonauts was unblemished,? her statement of claim says. “She had never received any discipline, coaching or negative feedback on her job performance. Accordingly, her sudden dismissal came as a complete shock to her.?
After her firing, Brooks contacted Nicholson to seek an explanation. She was told it had been a “football operations decision.?[/b]
"He (Barker) has since given up the head coach position and the Argos have hired a new male head athletic therapist."
Even if this is a co-incidence, it's not good optics to the public.
I say, after reading this, she has a darned good case. Female or not, that's not the way you treat someone whose been loyal and given you so much effort for close to 12 years.