Under Armor executives have been taking athletes and colleagues to strip clubs for years and Under Armour has been footing the bill. However, all good things must come to an end.
These are tough times. Some companies are cutting benefits, some are cutting salaries, and now…some are cutting lap dances. Of course, this isn’t a financial decision for Under Armour. They can afford lap dances. What they can’t afford is for every female employee to file an EEOC complaint for hostile work environment.
This isn’t Mad Men. The boys club way of wining and dining clients has been over for a while now. I’m guessing that funding crazy nights out at the strip club, gave male employees a distinct advantage over female employees in securing clients. Especially when your “big fish” clients are primarily athletes, coaches and others inside the sports industry.
I’m sure this particular deal was secured at Sunday Mass instead of a strip club, but you get the point. We’re talking big money deals for big money exposure. It’s all about that ROI (Return On Investment) so you need to land the teams that get the most TV time. That’s easier said than done when you’re competing with the likes of Nike and Adidas. Every little advantage counts. So, let’s not be too hard on these Under Armour execs. They were using everything they had at their disposal. Everyone’s just trying to make a living. Even strippers.
That being said, it’s 2018 and everyone deserves, and has a legal right, to feel comfortable in their workplace. So, I applaud Under Armour for addressing this issue and putting an end to it. No more strip club tabs on the corporate card boys! If you want that deal bad enough, put that shit on your own card. The one your wife doesn’t know about.