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Favre Accusers: Jets Shut Us Out Before Lawsuit

1/5/2011 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Before two masseuses sued Brett Favre for sexual harassment they made a last ditch appeal to the NY Jets to get their jobs back, but were denied ... according to an attorney for the women.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole's lawyer David Jaroslawicz tells TMZ he sent a letter in November ... asking the Jets to rehire them.

In the lawsuit -- filed yesterday -- the women claim the Jets stopped hiring them after Scavo's husband confronted Favre about text messages he allegedly sent proposing a rendezvous with her.

Jaroslawicz says he and the Jets went back and forth ... but ultimately they refused to put Scavo and O'Toole back on the payroll -- and it was only then that they decided to sue Favre and the team to recoup lost wages.

Scavo and O'Toole were never officially "terminated" by the Jets -- because sources associated with the team say the women were not Jets employees ... but independent contracted workers.

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First of all, there is no legal standing. They weren't employees. They were essentially contractors on a per incident basis. They were never fired. The Jet's just stopped using their services. It is no different than if you stop going to a restaurant that you frequented for a while. They can't sue you for not being a customer any more.

Second of all, no harassment ever took place. There is a provision in the law commonly known as the "It never hurts to ask" clause, whereby a person can ask a woman anything. As long as he asks once and takes no for an answer. You can't penalize a guy for going up to random women on the street and asking for sex. He isn't doing anything. Now if he doesn't take no for an answer and continues asking, then that is harassment. All Favre ever did was ask. The man never harassed anyone.

You just have a bunch of women looking to get money/fame from being associated with Favre. Incredibly odd that they never said anything until after Sterger spoke out. Now everyone is going to be coming out of the woodwork hoping to get in on the action.

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