At the end of that meeting, the woman said, when she and Macedo left the meeting room, Macedo grabbed her ass with one hand and leaned down and whispered provocative comments about her body.
“For me,” said the woman, “it was one of the worst days.”
There were no witnesses to the incident, but a former colleague of the woman described by The Times was told about the incident at the time. FIFA did not respond to questions about the incident.
However, the verbal harassment continued for months, the woman said, before culminating in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. At that time, Macedo’s comments and messages were getting heavier and heavier, she said. In one text, sent after midnight, Macedo called her to his hotel room. On another occasion, he suggested they go out together for a “secret” night of drinking and dancing in Paris.
But some of Macedo’s messages, the woman said, also contained troubling language. In one seen by The Times, Macedo said he wanted to “overpower” his subordinates. In another, he told her that “you owe me obedience.”
Meanwhile, Macedo raised the prospect that he could offer her a promotion, or even a permanent job at FIFA.
By the time the tournament was over, and after talking to her mother, the woman decided to take action. At the end of July, less than a month after the US women’s team lifted the World Cup trophy in Lyon amid chants of “Equal Payments!”, she approached the head of women’s football at FIFA, Sarai Bareman, and informed her of the situation. The woman asked if Bareman would accompany her to file a complaint with Kimberly Morris, a Canadian lawyer who serves as FIFA’s chief human resources officer.
The woman said the meeting was a disappointment. Morris, according to her account, seemed more concerned about her employees’ behavior and at one point suggested that she consider switching to a different job. “It took me a long time to present and explain my case, and I felt left out,” she said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/sports/soccer/fifa-legends-sexual-harassment.html Inside FIFA Legends, the question of power and process