- New York and California attorneys general said they have launched investigations into the workplace practices and culture of the National Football League.
- AG said it had issued a subpoena in connection with the investigation.
- “The joint investigation will investigate NFL workplace culture and allegations by former employees, including possible violations of federal and state pay equity and anti-discrimination laws,” said a press release issued by the AG. I’m here.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference ahead of Super Bowl LVII at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on February 8, 2023.
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Attorneys general for New York and California said Thursday they had launched investigations into workplace practices and the culture of the National Football League, including allegations of sexism.
AG has issued a subpoena to the NFL in connection with the investigation.
“The joint investigation will investigate NFL workplace culture and allegations by former employees, including possible violations of federal and state pay equity and anti-discrimination laws,” said a press release issued by the AG. I’m here.
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AG Letitia James of New York said, “No one should have to endure harassment, discrimination or abuse in the workplace. No organization, no matter how powerful or influential, is above the law. Ensure the NFL is held accountable.” I will.”
The NFL has more than 1,000 employees in offices in New York and California, AG notes.
Thursday’s press release cited a February 2022 New York Times article that claimed more than 30 women who previously worked in the NFL faced sexism and retaliation after filing complaints with the league’s human resources department. Did.
Also last year, a congressional committee ruled that for decades the workplace of the Washington Commanders team, owned by Dan Snyder, was It tolerated “sexual harassment, bullying, and other toxic behavior.”
California AG’s Rob Bonta said Thursday that the AG “has serious concerns about the NFL’s role in creating a highly hostile and toxic work environment.”
“No company is too big or too popular to avoid taking responsibility for their actions,” says Bonta.
In a statement, the NFL said, “The allegations are completely inconsistent with the NFL’s values and practices.”
“The NFL office is a place where employees of all genders, races and backgrounds thrive, and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination,” the league said. “The NFL is committed to ensuring that all league employees are treated with respect, are treated fairly, and have access to fair pay and growth opportunities. as well as to foster a workplace free of harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”
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