NFL Moves to Protect Gay Players from Harassment and Discrimination

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The National Football League (NFL) is working toward promoting a culture of inclusiveness by protecting players from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today. After discussions with the attorney general’s office, the NFL will take steps to implement and communicate its policy league wide, by developing and widely distributing an anti-discrimination policy document that will be posted in all team locker rooms across the NFL and disseminating the policy to club managers, human resource executives, and other NFL employees.

“My office is committed to ensuring equal protection under the law for all employees and job applicants no matter where they work, and I applaud the NFL for working cooperatively with our office to address these issues,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Today, we are sending a powerful message that discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated in any form.”

In addition, a Commissioner-issued statement in the policy has been incorporated by the NFL, and training will be conducted around the policy during its annual Rookie Symposium training meetings throughout the year.

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