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Cracking down

In wake of Matt Lauer’s firing, NBC reportedly issues strict anti-harassment guidelines

By WITW Staff on December 27, 2017

After NBC fired longtime Today show host Matt Lauer for alleged sexual misconduct, reports emerged that Lauer’s behavior had been well known to NBC staff and executives. According to The New York Post, the network has now implemented a set of stringent guidelines aimed at cracking down on workplace misconduct and executives at the Peacock Network are calling on employees to tell on colleagues if they witness behavior that violates the new guidelines.

An unnamed source told the Post that employees have been ordered to report any “affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships or behavior in the office,” and that NBC staffers can be fired for failing to do so. The guidelines reportedly also include advice on appropriate workplace hugging (“a quick hug, then an immediate release, and step away to avoid body contact,” according to the source), and instructions to refrain from sharing taxis home.

NBC did not comment on the story, but in early December, the network said that it would require employees to take anti-harassment training.

Read the full story at The New York Post.


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