Attorneys at six states, including New York, told the NFL they were “deeply concerned” about the abuse of women and children in the workplace and warned the agency that unless it took action to address the problem it could face more research.
Law enforcement officials sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell at the end of Tuesday expressing their concerns, which were based on a February report for the New York Times in which more than 30 employees described a disturbing culture.
The allegations included female employees claiming to have been forced to watch a video showing former runaway Ray Rice knocking on the door of his existing girlfriend; being asked to state if he had been the victim of domestic violence; as well as being ridiculed or fired if they suspect the NFL’s handling of sexual harassment.
“All of this is illegal and probably illegal,” wrote senior government lawyers in the letter, quoted by The Times, adding that they would use all their power to investigate and prosecute harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. to employers in all of our states, including the National Football League. “The league’s headquarters are in Manhattan, and Letitia James, the New York attorney general, was one of the signatories.
In a statement released Wednesday, James and other lawyers asked victims of racist harassment in the NFL to file a complaint to his office. In most cases, an investigation into the workplace is opened after employees or former employees have lodged direct complaints with lawyers. Entry to New York was Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington State.
In response to a February report, the NFL argued that women, especially black women, were marginalized or that the union was unaffected by issues of gender equality and race.
“We share the commitment of senior lawyers to ensure that all of our facilities – including the league office and 32 clubs – are diverse, integrated and non-partisan and non-partisan and non-partisan,” the league said in a statement Wednesday. sharing “policies, systems, policies, training programs and alliances” that are established to improve their work ethic.
The letter from the Attorney General came as the NFL is facing an investigation into how to use women working for the Washington franchise as well as a case of discrimination against Brian Flores, an Afro Latino father and former Miami Dolphins coach, who said. The League violated its rules for teams to ask a variety of questions for aspiring coaches and managers.
Flores was fired by the Miami Dolphins at the end of the 2021 season and, without head training, was hired as a defense assistant by the Pittsburgh Steelers. A federal hearing is scheduled for April 29.
Several clubs vehemently denied Flores’ allegations and the NFL said it was “deeply committed to ensuring the smooth running of operations” and to “defend ourselves against these claims, which are baseless.”
The congressional committee has also been investigating how the NFL is handling cases of sexual harassment that are common at the front office of the Washington Commanders. The committee solicited thousands of league titles and filed a lawsuit in February when former employees spoke out about their experiences working for the team and filed new lawsuits against Daniel Snyder, owner of Commanders.
Snyder has denied the allegations and the NFL has opened an investigation into the recent incident. The League in 2021 ended their year-long investigation into initial reports of harassment of the Commanders team, fining the team $ 10 million but refusing to announce their findings.
Last week, Goodell said there was “no time” to end asking if Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson had violated his terms. She was indicted by 22 sex offenders in 2020, which Watson denied. In March, senior judges in two Texas states denied 10 charges against him.
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His research has ranged from high-profile questions about restaurants in New York City to ambiguous cases, such as a 2020 investigation into a Long Island construction company whose office found to have harassed 18 former employees.
His office investigated the allegations against Spotted Pig, a Manhattan-based restaurant that closed in January 2020, just weeks after James obtained permission from Ken Friedman, the owner. Friedman agreed to pay $ 240,000 and a portion of his profits to 11 former employees who accused him of harassment, retaliation and discrimination.
The investigation, which began with James’ predecessors, also looked into the abusive activities of Mario Batali, a well-known chef and former money broker at Spotted Pig.
James led another investigation into Batali and his former colleague, Joe Bastianich, who found that their previous restaurant business violated state and federal laws. His office provided $ 600,000 to compensate at least 20 women and men who claimed to have been sexually abused while working at their top restaurants, including Babbo, Lupa and Del Posto.
Recently, James’ office was overseeing an investigation into insults – from inappropriate comments to unnecessary incidents – against Andrew M. Cuomo that led to his resignation as governor. His office released a shocking report in August detailing how Cuomo abused several women, including local and former civil servants, from a senior aide to a female soldier.
“I trust women, and I trust these 11 women,” James said in a statement, adding that the government “has a responsibility to protect women in the workplace.”
Luis Ferré-Sadurní supported a report from Albany, NY