The lawyers representing former Washington Football Team employees who accused the organization of promoting a toxic work environment and sexual harassment blew up the NFL on Thursday.
The league announced a $ 10 million fine after completing its investigation. The league has not withdrawn any draft picks from the team or forced a change at the top of the organization.
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Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represented 40 former Washington team members in their allegations, accused the NFL of protecting Washington owner Daniel Snyder and called the NFL’s decision a “slap in the face” for their clients.
“In response to a year-long investigation that interviewed more than 100 witnesses, which we believe confirmed our customers’ allegations of pervasive harassment, misogyny and abuse on the Washington Football team, the NFL selected owner Dan Snyder protect. “was the statement.
“Ignoring our request to publish the Beth Wilkinson report, the NFL opted instead to only get an oral report on the results and fined owner Dan Snyder with a fine equivalent to pocket money. This is real outrageous and a slap in the face. ” Given the hundreds of women and former employees who came forward in good faith and at great personal risk to report a culture of abuse at all levels of the team, including by Snyder himself. The NFL has effectively told survivors in this country about it and around the world that they don’t care about them or credit their experiences. Female fans and fans of goodwill everywhere are taking note. “
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM PAMMED US $ 10 MILLION FINE AFTER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATION
Beth Wilkinson was hired to review the cultural issues in the organization. As part of her investigation, she interviewed over 150 people, including current and former employees. The NFL said Wilkinson gave the organization 10 recommendations for implementation and commended Washington for making “significant strides” in implementation.
Recommendations included: harassment reporting protocols, disciplinary action plan, regular cultural surveys, regular training, more diverse workforce, clear responsibilities, expanding and strengthening human resources, developing a formal onboarding, performance management and compensation system and exit interview process, protecting cheerleaders Teams and a regular review of guidelines.
“Based on Wilkinson’s report, the Commissioner concluded that for many years the working environment for the Washington Football team was highly unprofessional, both in general and for women in particular. Bullying and intimidation were common and many described the culture as a culture of fear. Numerous female employees reported experiencing sexual harassment and a general lack of respect in the workplace, “said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Last year, the Washington Post reported that up to 40 women who worked for the organization came forward and described the team’s workplace as toxic and degrading to female employees over the past decade. The women reported having encountered sexual harassment and sexual discrimination in the workplace.
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Snyder said he was implementing the recommendations and had “great regrets” for those who had negative experiences with the organization in the past.
The fine is intended to benefit charitable causes.
Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.