Malori Wampler, 27, told the ‘Indianapolis Star’ that she was canned in November after a fan sent the organization pictures of her wearing nothing but a painted-on bikini.
Wampler, however, has claimed that it was not the questionable photos that had her out of the job.
Wampler, who is Indonesian, claimed in the suit she was fired because of her race. According to pictures posted on the Colts’ website, all of the other cheerleaders appear to be Caucasian.
“For me, it’s standing up for myself,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying in an interview with WTHR-TV.
Her attorney claimed that her appearance in Playboy did not violate the team’s policy, which forbade them from committing ‘any act that will or may create notoriety’ – especially since Wampler claimed that the organization knew that she had posed for ‘Playboy’ when she was hired.