The NFL will be the subject of an investigation into its workplace practices and cultures, the New York and California attorneys general announced Thursday.
New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a joint investigation into the league over allegations of «employment discrimination and a hostile work environment,» according to a news release. The investigation will look to see if the NFL violated federal and state pay equity and anti-discrimination laws.
«No person should have to endure harassment, discrimination or abuse in the workplace,» James said in a statement. «No matter how powerful or influential, no institution is above the law, and we will make sure the NFL is held accountable.»
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Added Bonta: «California will not tolerate any form of discrimination. California will not tolerate any form of discrimination. We have serious concerns about the role of the NFL in creating an extremely hostile and disruptive work environment. No company is too big or popular to avoid being responsible for their actions.
The NFL did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The investigation announcement comes more than a year after James and other attorneys general sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressing «serious concerns» about the allegations made public in a New York Times report. York Times.
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According to the Times in February 2022, more than 30 former employees described a toxic work culture. The women on staff told the newspaper they were forced to watch video from 2014 of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice beating his then-girlfriend in a hotel elevator and asked if they had experienced or knew any someone who has experienced domestic violence.
Jennifer Love, the former head of NFL Enterprises LLC, sued the league last month for age and gender discrimination and alleged «pervasive sexism» in the workplace and a «boys club» mentality. The former official filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. Love said her complaints led to her firing in 2022.
In the press release, James and Bonta pointed to another lawsuit related to the alleged racial profiling and sexual harassment of a wardrobe stylist. NFL Network and the stylist were established in 2018.
The NFL is also in the middle of a Brian Flores discrimination lawsuit. The case is ready to go to court.
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Flores sued the league and three teams in 2022, saying the league was «riddled with racism.» The NFL and all three teams have denied Flores’ allegations.
Associated Press contributed to this report.