NBC Issues New Sexual Misconduct Policies Following Matt Lauer Firing
The network will be tightening its approach to handling office misconduct and relations.
After former Today Show host Matt Lauer was fired from his position in November following a slew of sexual misconduct allegations made against him, NBC has reportedly issued new company rules on misconduct and office relations.
According to a report in Page Six, all NBC employees are now required to report any “inappropriate relationships” they witness. Employees who see something but do not say something could be fired.
“Romantic relationships at work are not exactly unusual, but now NBC says it is taking a zero-tolerance approach,” An anonymous source told Page Six. “Staffers have been told that if they find out about any affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships or behavior in the office, they have to report it to human resources, their superior or the company anti-harassment phone line. Staffers are shocked that they are now expected to snitch on their friends.”
“There’s been a series of ridiculous rules issued on other office conduct, they continued. “One rule relates to hugging. If you wish to hug a colleague, you have to do a quick hug, then an immediate release, and step away to avoid body contact.”
The source says NBC has also issued new conduct rules for socializing, including “[not] sharing taxis home and [not] taking vegans to steakhouses,” the source said.
Earlier this month, NBC News announced it would require employees to take anti-harassment training following Lauer’s firing.
Multiple claims from women citing sexual harassment from Lauer leading to his firing reportedly resulted in interviews with at least 40 other employees.