May 8, 2023
On Thursday, the New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a joint investigation into the NFL over allegations of workplace discrimination and hostility.
The investigation will focus on the workplace culture of the NFL, particularly on allegations of gender discrimination and retaliation made by former employees.
The New York Times first reported the allegations in February 2022, revealing the experiences of over 30 former female NFL employees. The report claimed that the employees had faced retaliation after filing complaints with the human resources department.
In response to the report, James two months later sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calling for action to address the alleged inequity. James stated that no person should have to endure harassment, discrimination, or abuse in the workplace, and that the NFL must be held accountable for any wrongdoing.
In the letter, James expressed his belief that no person should ever have to endure harassment, discrimination, or abuse in the workplace. He further stated that no institution, regardless of how powerful or influential, is above the law, and that the NFL must be held accountable for any wrongdoing.
As part of an ongoing investigation, attorneys general have subpoenaed the NFL for information on allegations of gender pay disparities in compensation, harassment, and gender and race discrimination within the league.
The attorneys general are determined to ensure that the NFL is held accountable for any wrongdoing and that no one should have to endure harassment or discrimination in the workplace.