Retired Ohio FBI agent part of lawsuit against NFL over handling of security representatives | #ESC_LLC #FBI #NFL #Legal | The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, says the NFL only had five or six people classified as security personnel at its offices in New York. Between 34 and 66 security staffers worked across the country year-round, and they were not considered league employees, the suit states. (Please scroll down)
While security representatives were required to work like full-time employees, they did not receive overtime, expense reimbursements and pensions. Classifying security representatives as “independent contractors” also meant the NFL did not have to pay its portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes, the lawsuit states.
The security representatives “were in fact longtime NFL employees, with terms ranging from 12 to 26 years,” according to the lawsuit. It also says that an NFL official once told a security representative that “you are employees.”
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NFL Concussion Lawsuit Information
The NFL concussion lawsuit contains many allegations against the league. Two such allegations are that the NFL (1) knew about the long-term health risks associated with concussions and repeated blows to the head and (2) deliberately ignored and actively concealed this information in order to protect the economic value of the game. Some of the specific theories of liability in the master complaint filed with the court include:
- The NFL was negligent because it had a duty to protect its players from the dangers associated with repeated concussions and hits to the head. The NFL’s failure to do so has caused long-term brain damage to its players.
- From the 1950s on, the NFL fraudulently concealed and continuously denied the dangers of repetitive head impacts that were widely-published at the time in scientific and medical literature.
- The plaintiffs (parties bringing the lawsuit) also asserted a product liability claim against Riddell, the company that makes football helmets, for defectively designing players’ helmets and for failing to warn players about the helmets’ inability to protect them from the long-term health risks associated with repeated blows to the head.
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