The National Football League has sent a memo to all 32 of its teams, reminding players and league employees that female reporters should be treated professionally and with respect. Ines Sainz, the reporter in the middle of the NFL’s most recent firestorm, has made a statement that she will not file harassment charges against the Jets. She told reporters that that the Jets players and coaches allegedly embarrassed her both at practice and in the locker room. One coach intentionally threw footballs at her and in the locker room, players whistled at her, ogled her and hurled inappropriate comments in her direction. In response, Jets Owner Woody Johnson called her to personally apologize. She told reporters, “I think the Jets are taking this very seriously and I think they are going to take some actions with the players. And I’m really concerned with what happened inside, because I think they should be focused on the game and not this kind of thing.” No announcement about disciplinary action by the NFL will come until a thorough review is completed, officials said.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and many state-level anti-discrimination and sexual harassment statutes prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. There are two common types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment. A hostile work situation typically involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job. Employers that foster or otherwise allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees.
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