Advocacy group says NBC's internal misconduct review not 'credible'

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Investigators interviewed 68 people, including current and former "Today" show staffers, hosted more than 30 focus groups with 262 staffers, and reviewed emails and texts from Lauer and NBC leaders. And shortly after Lauer was sacked, Lack promised a thorough "culture assessment" while also instituting mandatory in-person training on workplace behavior and harassment prevention for all 2000 employees of NBC News. In November, an employee filed a formal complaint to NBC News about his "inappropriate sexual behavior" and three other women also came forward with similar allegations.

While the four complainants didn't officially report the alleged behavior, they "said that they believe former NBC News or Today Show leadership knew or must have known about Lauer's alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".

In his memo to NBC staff, Lack outlined several steps to improve workplace culture at NBC News, including the ability to report incidents to an external law firm. "Like many of you, I am immensely proud of NBC News, its history, and the work we do", he wrote. That is not acceptable.

"We can not change the past", Lack said. He offered a seven-point plan for "a safer and more respectful environment", including more training for managers, mandatory workplace training, and "constant vigilance, monitoring and measuring progress". "That requires strong, specific steps in a sustained manner to transform the culture".

Last year, Farrow was serving as a contributor to NBC's "Today" show, but the network famously rejected his story on Weinstein - even after countless hours of work.

"This is a classic example of the fox watching the hen house and why organizations - like NBC - need to have external, not internal, investigations".

Lauer said in his public apology he was sorry for the people he hurt. It included interviews with close to 70 current and former employees including former executives Steve Capus, who was president of NBC News when Ann Curry was ousted from Today in 2012, Jim Bell, who was Today's executive producer during the same period, and Pat Fili-Krushel, who ran the news division prior to Lack.


Although the investigation crew states that the majority witnesses "had optimistic issues to say about Lauer's demeanor within the office" and described him as "a really non-public one who acted as a good friend {and professional} mentor to each women and men alike", others identified that the newsman usually made sexually charged feedback and jokes.

The report did include several recommendations for the network's news division, including more employee training and making it easier for employees to report harassment.

His accusers told investigators they did not tell their managers or anyone in charge about their interactions with the former "Today" anchor.

"On November 22, 2017, a member of the Human Sources division for the Information Division obtained an e mail from a girl stating that she had a critical concern to report", reads the report.

According to People, Matt Lauer's wife Annette is "barely speaking" to him at this time. "Kim Harris, the company's General Counsel, led this process with a team of legal and HR professionals who are independent of News".

When Lauer was sacked, several outlets reported that Lauer had a special button at his desk that could close the door to his office without his needing to get up. "It takes all 2,145 of us together, having each other's backs to make this goal a reality that starts now".

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