Hey, there's no hostile work environment here — NBC Lauer probe

Hey, there's no hostile work environment here — NBC Lauer probe

What do you think of Matt Lauer?

The report stated that the investigation turned up no evidence that leadership at NBC News, Today or human resources "received complaints" about Lauer's "workplace behavior prior to November 27, 2017". "Hiring a third party to investigate is often done for affect". It merely consulted with them.

The internal report, which worked with two outside law firms, found ultimately that no sexual harassment claims against Lauer had been submitted prior. The investigators also said there was no evidence NBC had a systemic culture of harassment.

"NBC Universal's investigation was thorough, objective and conducted at the corporate level, outside the News division", said Hilary Smith, network spokeswoman. Kim Harris, the company's general counsel, led this process with a team of legal and HR professionals who are independent of [the] news [division].

Why obsess over these outside law firms?

Lauer has not publicly commented on the findings of the investigation. They were quite positive.

"The last few months have been extraordinarily hard, with our dedicated journalists doing some of our best work ever while we endured a painful period in the spotlight including a thorough and deserved examination", said NBC Universal Chairman Andy Lack in a memo that was attached to the Laurer investigation report. While many admitted they "heard or read rumors about Lauer's personal life... and the possibility of extramarital affairs", the interviewees apparently assumed that "the rumored extramarital affairs were with women outside of the Company". "That's not to say they were interviewed by NBC's team or that they were forthcoming when interviewed but just want to note that some people knew". "Lauer also was described as a very private person who acted as a friend and professional mentor to both men and women alike over decades at the Today Show".

"A number of individuals interviewed said that Lauer could be flirtatious, would frequently make jokes, some with sexual overtones, and would openly engage in sexually-oriented banter in the workplace".

More news: NHL: Caps drop Penguins in OT to win series

The network says that more needs to be done to ensure employees know how to report complaints about misconduct and not fear retaliation.

There's a helpful level of detail in the 7-page report.

The four women all "confirmed that they did not tell their direct manager or anyone else in a position of authority about their sexual encounters with Lauer". Matt Lauer was able to prey on women within NBC for years because he was seen as a star and untouchable. The company detailed its findings in an internal report made public on Thursday. In that article, Curry said she had told NBC leaders in 2012 about Lauer's misconduct after a staffer confided in her that she was "sexually harassed physically".

In a move that shocked "Today" co-anchors and many fans, Lauer was promptly fired. Some of the women told Variety that they had complained about him to senior managers, but their complaints were ignored. NBC said Curry "did not disclose to anyone in management that she had received a specific complaint". The report states four women accused Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior that spanned decades. It said the button was "a commonly available feature" in NBC's Rockefeller Center offices in NY and that, contrary to some news reports, it doesn't lock the door from the inside.

Could further digging occur here?

Lauer was sacked in November after it was found that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with another NBC employee.

NBC has concluded its investigation over Matt Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace. That is a professional inclination.

The report seeks to add new information to press accounts of what may have been transpiring at NBC News behind the scenes.

Related Articles