N.Y. AG announces agreement with NFL for policies against discrimination

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 24, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an agreement Wednesday with the National Football League to strengthen its policies against discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.

After discussions with the Attorney General's Office, the NFL says it will take new actions to reinforce policies against discrimination, including the development and dissemination of posters to be displayed in locker rooms to convey anti-discrimination policies.

The NFL will distribute the policy to all 32 teams, conduct training throughout the league and strengthen protocols related to the reporting of discrimination or harassment complaints by players.

"My office is committed to ensuring equal protection under the law for all employees and job applicants no matter where they work, and I applaud the NFL for working cooperatively with our office to address these issues," Schneiderman said in a statement.

"Today, we are sending a powerful message that discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in any form."

Following media reports indicating that at least three prospective NFL players were asked questions related to their sexual orientation at the league's national recruitment Scouting Combine, Schneiderman's office opened an inquiry into the matter.

After the review, the Attorney General's Office requested that the NFL take further action to make sure its anti-discrimination policy is effectively communicated, disseminated and implemented.

The NFL also agreed to periodically report to Schneiderman's office on the league's progress in maintaining a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination in the workplace.

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