$10M Fine for Washington Football Team
The NFL has fined the Washington Football Team $10 million as a result of the league's investigation into the team's workplace culture. The money "will be used to support organizations committed to character education, anti-bullying, healthy relationships, and related topics," the league said.
In addition, Tanya Snyder, who was named the team's co-CEO this week, will take over the day-to-day duties and represent the franchise at league functions for the next several months. Her husband, Dan Snyder, will focus "on a new stadium plan and other matters," the NFL said.
All senior executives, including the Snyders, will take part in training in workplace conduct, covering topics such as bullying, diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ+ issues, microaggression, and unconscious bias.
Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent 40 former employees, said in a statement that the NFL chose to "protect owner Dan Snyder" and said the fine amounted to "pocket change." They had wanted the report to be made public, but attorney Beth Wilkinson, who conducted the investigation, orally submitted her findings and recommendations to the league.
In a conference call with the media Thursday, Lisa Friel, the NFL's special counsel for investigations, said Wilkinson found Washington's workplace "highly unprofessional."
"Bullying and intimidation frequently took place and many described the culture as one of fear," Friel said, based on Wilkinson's report.