The NFL has issued a 10 million dollar fine to the Washington Football Team after a thorough, 18-month investigation by independent attorney Beth Wilkinson.
Over the last two years, Washington has been under heavy scrutiny as several former employees have come out sharing an inappropriate and misogynistic climate in Ashburn, Virginia, home of Washington Football.
This issue came to a point when a Washington Post investigation revealed the perspectives of 15 female employees who left the organization due to their perceived lack of value and inappropriate actions displayed to them while working for the “Redskins”.
Since the report surfaced, Washington has had an overhaul of the organization, firing longtime media personality Larry Michaels and the team’s director of pro personnel Alex Santos, two staff members who were directly identified in the Washington Post investigation.
The team also parted ways with several other high-ranking officials, and has since reimagined its corporate vision with new Team President Jason Wright.
In addition to these firings, Washington began a complete organizational audit, in order to establish trust within the organization. Attorney Beth Wilkinson was appointed by the NFL to investigate the Washington Football Team’s work climate.
As an independent investigator, with no ties to Snyder and the organization, she was tasked to evaluate the workplace atmosphere with a fair and unbiased lens. Staff members were interviewed, and corporates practices were evaluated.
After 18 months, we are now seeing the first results of her investigation, a 10M dollar fined issued by the league.
NFL is fining the Washington Football Team $10 million as a result of the league’s investigation into the team’s culture. The money will be donated to charity.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 1, 2021
In response to this fine, Snyder has released a statement via the team’s website:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 1, 2021
One thing to note from Snyder’s message is the eye-opening statement that Snyder himself will be away from the team “for the next several months” as he focuses on a new stadium plan and “other matters”. Whether this was chosen by himself, or was league mandated, has yet to be determined.
In his place, newly appointed CEO Tanya Snyder will run the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Finally, a 10-point plan was also devised for the Team to implement moving forward:
Dan and Tanya Snyder are being tasked with implementing these 10 things as Washington attempts to instill a better culture pic.twitter.com/mfplw1X28k
— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) July 1, 2021
This report is still developing, and FPC Washington will be monitoring this topic closely and providing updates.
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