WASHINGTON – For more than two decades, Washington commanders have created a “toxic work culture” that has “ignored or minimized sexual misconduct” by men at the top of the organization, the U.S. said Thursday. In a report published by the House Oversight and Reforms Committee. .
According to the report, Commanders owner Dan Snyder was implicated in the misconduct, saying he inappropriately touched a former employee during a dinner party, forcing employees to produce a video of “sexual images of cheerleaders” and ordered the women participating in the hearing to be divided. revelers march in a field, “while he and his friends watch through binoculars from his room.”
The report says Snyder is also involved in an investigation stemming from a 2020 investigation of former NFL employees into allegations of sexual misconduct by team executives, as well as interference in a House committee investigation by “intimidating witnesses and blocking the production of documents.” mixed up “. Snyder was also fearful and disoriented, and told the committee he could not remember more than 100 times while testifying, the report said.
The NFL is not immune to criticism in the report, which says the league “misled the public in its handling of the Wilkinson investigation,” “continues to minimize workplace violations across the league,” “failed to protect workers from sexual harassment and assault,” and ” did not demand real responsibility for the guilty”.
Neither the NFL nor Snyder’s legal team immediately responded to messages seeking comment.
Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 former command staff, said in a statement Thursday that “the committee’s work has led to important legislation limiting the use of non-disclosure agreements, which would allow such widespread ‘helps prevent accidents. in other American workplaces.’
A House committee launched its own investigation after the NFL failed to release attorney Beth Wilkinson’s written report on the team’s workplace culture review in the summer of 2021, which resulted in a $10 million fine. Several former employees have said they were sexually harassed while working for the team.
Republicans have said they will immediately stop the work when they take control of the House early next year.
Snyder and wife Tanya recently hired Bank of America Securities to explore selling some or all of the team they’ve owned since 1999. According to Forbes, the commanders are worth an estimated $5.6 billion — more than seven times the then-record $800 million Snyder paid. In 1999 for the team.
Last month, the team also settled with the state of Maryland, agreeing to return security deposits to former season ticket holders and pay a $250,000 fine.