Associated Press quoted Mike Volpe and Nick Reiter on possible lawsuit in mounting Miami Dolphins bullying scandal

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Associated Press quoted Venable partner Mike Volpe and associate Nick Reiter on the bullying controversy surrounding the Miami Dolphins football team. Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has been suspended by the team indefinitely following allegations that he bullied teammate Jonathan Martin and used racial slurs. Some speculate that Martin – who has since left the team – might sue the Dolphins.

In a written analysis on the matter, Volpe and Reiter expounded on the potential lawsuit, saying that employers can face lawsuits connected to bullying if the harassment involved a victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Claims can be made for harassment, infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision.

“Even if the Dolphins were unaware of Incognito's alleged behavior, which may be the case, the organization could still face claims of liability,” they said. Volpe and Reiter added that there have also been reports that coaches instructed Incognito to “toughen up” Martin, which could show the team did have knowledge about the harassment.

This article was reprinted in several publications including: ABC News, The Washington Post, CBS Miami and NBC South Florida on November 14, 2013, and Bloomberg Businessweek and Yahoo!Finance on November 15, 2013. Multiple other sources also featured Volpe and Reiter’s quotes.