The NFL said it was going to investigate the Washington Football Team for a series of indiscretions within the organization. The league on Thursday announced the punitive measures it is taking against owner Dan Snyder’s franchise.
The WFT will be fined $10 million, which will be donated to charity.
The conclusion of independent counsel Beth Wilkinson was …
… for many years the workplace environment at the Washington Football Team, both generally and particularly for women, was highly unprofessional. Bullying and intimidation frequently took place and many described the culture as one of fear, and numerous female employees reported having experienced sexual harassment and a general lack of respect in the workplace.
Per the NFL:
Wilkinson interviewed more than 150 people, most of whom were current or former employees of the club, and many of whom conditioned their participation on a promise of anonymity. She interviewed owner Dan Snyder twice. Dan Snyder and the club released current and former employees from any confidentiality obligations for purposes of speaking with Wilkinson and pledged that there would be no retaliation against any current or former employee who did so.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said: Beth and her team performed their work in a highly professional and ethical manner. Most importantly, I want to thank the current and former employees who spoke to Beth and her team; they provided vital information that will help ensure that the workplace environment at the club continues to improve. It is incredibly difficult to relive painful memories. I am grateful to everyone who courageously came forward.”
Snyder released a statement after the decision.
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