Three former NFL players with close ties to New Orleans are accused of sexual misconduct while on the job as football analysts.
They are: Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk who went to Carver High School in New Orleans, former Steeler cornerback Ike Taylor from Gretna and former Saints fullback Heath Evans.
They were suspended Monday night in response to a new filing in a lawsuit brought by a former network employee.
Former Saints quarterback and WWL radio host Bobby Hebert said if the allegations are proven, the former players shouldn't get a pass.
"You can't just blow it off and sweep it under the rug," Hebert said. "You have to listen to everything, every story because where there's smoke there's fire, usually."
According to court documents former wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor described several sexually inappropriate encounters with the three retired NFL players
Among the allegations, she accused Faulk of greeting her in the morning by fondling her breasts and groping her behind.
The suit also claims Faulk pulled out his genitals in front of cantor.
Taylor is accused of sending her sexually inappropriate pictures of himself and a nude video in the shower.
Heath Evans is also accused of sending Cantor nude pictures on two separate occasions and asking her to have sex with him.
Patricia Boyette, director of the Women's Resource Center at Loyola University says these high profile cases make it easier for workers to report sexual harassment in their workplace.
"We're seeing people expose themselves, groping women, I mean and everybody knows that's not acceptable and women should not have to deal with it, men, everybody should not.have to deal with that," Boyette said.
Boyette hopes a renewed focus on sexual harassment will lead to real change in the workplace.
"Now people are listening to women's voices and they're hearing our stories," Boyette said.
The allegations against Faulk, Taylor and Evans are part of a civil lawsuit originally filed in Los Angeles in October.
Hebert said the issue of sexual harassment needs to be addressed by the NFL.
"I think the progressive society that we are today, you might say why didn't this come out 20-30 years ago, I think it's all about timing. Now the pedal's to the metal and you can see national figures, you see local figures being exposed," Hebert said.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified general and punitive damages for discrimination, sexual harassment that created a hostile work environment, wrongful termination and defamation.
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