Washington owner settled reported misconduct claim for $1.6M in 2009
The Washington Football Team paid a former female employee $1.6 million in 2009 as part of a settlement stemming from an incident that year, according to the agreement obtained by The Washington Post's Will Hobson, Beth Reinhard, and Liz Clarke.
Washington agreed to a confidential settlement with the former employee after she accused team owner Dan Snyder of sexual misconduct, sources told The Post.
The former employee said the incident occurred on Snyder's private plane during a flight from Las Vegas in April 2009.
She made "certain allegations" and was fired shortly thereafter, according to a copy of the agreement - which didn't detail the nature of her claims. However, the two sides agreed that her personnel file would show she resigned, according to The Post.
Both Snyder and the former employee declined to comment on the settlement. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy also denied a request to discuss whether the league is aware of the allegations.
News of the 2009 settlement comes after 15 women said in July they were sexually harassed while working for Washington. A month later, more former employees came forward and accused Snyder and others of harassment in the workplace.
The franchise's minority partners pressured Snyder to sell the club this offseason. In court records filed Monday as part of the ongoing legal battle, Snyder's business partners called the 2009 incident "a serious accusation of sexual misconduct."