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N.Y. AG: New code of conduct will protect MLB players

By Bryan Cohen | Jul 17, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced new efforts Tuesday that will protect current and future Major League Baseball players from harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Schneiderman's office worked with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner to undertake new actions to reinforce workplace discrimination policies in the league.

Such actions include the creation and dissemination of a workplace code of conduct to every major and minor league player that will be posted in each locker room. Additionally, the league will implement new training opportunities for team officials and create a centralized complaint system that will be used to report harassment and discrimination incidents.

"No one should face harassment or discrimination, whether their workplace is an office park or a baseball diamond," Schneiderman said in a statement. "By making a clear stand against discrimination in the workplace, our national pastime is showing national leadership in the fight to promote equal justice for all.

"I am committed to using every tool at my disposal to ensure equal protection under the law for all employees no matter where they work, and I applaud Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association for working cooperatively with our office to promote a culture of inclusion and equality."

In November 2011, MLB and the MLBPA added sexual discrimination language into their collective bargaining agreement.

Schneiderman met with Selig and MLBPA Director of Player Services Tony Clark before the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field Tuesday to unveil a copy of the workplace code of conduct.

The code will be given out to professional baseball players at every level of the game.

Earlier this year, Schneiderman announced a similar agreement with the National Football League to protect players from discrimination based on sexual orientation and promote inclusion.

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