New York, NY- the NFL has long-standing anti-discrimination policies already in place, but they have agreed to additional actions to ensure openly gay players are not subjected to harassment based on their sexual orientation.
The NFL and New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman have been in negotiations to make the athletic league “more inclusive” for gay players. According to CBS sports, the NHL has taken similar steps to protect gay players, but it has not been done in football before
Talks between Schneiderman and the NFL began shortly after players were asked questions about their sexual orientation in the scouting combine. Some prospective players were asked if they liked girls, or if they had a girlfriend. Any employer whether it is the NFL or a fast-food restaurant is prohibited from asking about an applicant’s sexual orientation under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
After the controversy, the NFL said they found no specific violations, but agreed to improve upon their existing policies to avoid these incidents in the future.
Shneiderman’s office began working with the NFL in attempt to change the environment and to make certain players and recruits are faced with these types of questions in the future.
“We reviewed our long-standing anti-discrimination policy with our teams at our league meeting in March,” said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, according to CBS sports. “We more recently met with the New York Attorney General’s office to reiterate that policy and our plans to reinforce it to our players, teams and staff in the near future.”
The NFL will take steps to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination by placing posters in locker rooms which clearly state their anti-discrimination policies. The league also promised to thoroughly investigate complaints of harassment and discrimination based […]