NBC News chairman Andrew Lack has recently spoken out to his employees about sexual harassment. On Friday, he sent out a memo to employees claiming that Matt Lauer's actions were "appalling" and that the company needed to do a better job at handling sexual misconduct. The memo comes days after allegations against former "Today" anchor Matt Lauer.
It has been reported that NBC News fired one of its leading news anchors, Matt Lauer, the co-host of "Today." This news comes in the aftermath of disturbing sexual harassment allegations. The news Lauer's termination was first announced by co-host Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning.
The Variety reports that Matt Lauer is accused of inappropriately exposing himself to female employees in his office. He has also been accused of reprimanding female employees for not engaging in sexual acts. Moreover, he would also reportedly make crude remarks to women and would send them explicit gifts. Overall, the Variety reports of an alleged pattern of consistent sexual harassment toward female employees at NBC.
This report is claimed by Variety to be the result of a two-month investigation into Lauer's behavior at NBC. In fact, Variety spoke with three women, all of whom identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Lauer. Their stories have all been corroborated by friends and colleagues who were reportedly told at the time of the misconduct. The women asked Variety to remain unnamed, fearing punishment by their superiors.
Moreover, Variety reports that despite being married, Lauer was very fixated on other women, particularly their bodies and looks, which they apparently can verify with more than 10 accounts from current and former employees. It appears that it may have been well known at NBC that Lauer was known for making lewd comments, both verbally and over text messages, about female employees.
The New York Times has also reported that a former NBC employee has come forward alleging that Lauer sexually assaulted her in 2001.
In response, The Hill reports that NBC is now requiring mandatory online training for all employees, teaching them about sexual harassment and why it is bad, in an effort to promote more appropriate behavior in the workplace.
"While our company has had mandatory online training for all employees on sexual harassment and other workplace issues, we need to do better," Lack said, according to The Hill.
"Therefore in addition to what is already in place, the News Division is launching an immediate effort to implement in-person training on sexual harassment awareness and appropriate behavior in the workplace. We will share more details on this effort very shortly," he continued.
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