Justice for Survivors

Advocates Call on NFL Commissioner to Release Final Washington Football Team Investigation Report

Culture, Safety, Survivors, TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund


After NFL Commissioner Goodell’s Refusal to Commit to Releasing Report, TIME’S UP Foundation, ACLU, Futures Without Violence, and National Women’s Law Center Demand NFL Make Findings from Sexual Harassment Investigation into Washington Football Team Public

Washington, D.C. Today, ahead of the Super Bowl, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Futures Without Violence, National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), and TIME’S UP Foundation called on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to publicly release findings of the investigation into sexual harassment endured by workers at the Washington Football Team. In a letter, the groups demand the NFL provide transparency and accountability after more than 40 current and former employees of the team came forward to expose years of workplace sexual harassment and abuse by male executives during Dan Snyder’s tenure as owner.

In the letter, the groups write: 

Now that the investigation nears completion, we write to urge the NFL to publicly release the report in its entirety.

They go on to write:

“Accountability requires that the full record of WFT’s and Mr. Snyder’s two-decades long misconduct is made public. If the NFL fails to do so, the public and NFL workers will never believe that the League cares about the women who work within their franchises or will actually hold teams and their owners accountable. Furthermore, the victims of this abuse – who Mr. Snyder has refused to allow out of the NDAs he coerced them into, except with respect to their communications with the investigators – will face the trauma of being silenced again, and this pervasive and abhorrent behavior and culture of sexual harassment in the WFT will continue unchecked.”

The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund has provided legal support to dozens of these women who courageously came forward to expose the two-decades long practices of sexual exploitation and abuse while working for the organization. Many also sat for interviews with lawyers from the firm conducting the investigation. 

The full text of the letter is available here.

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TIME’S UP Foundation

The TIME’S UP Foundation insists upon safe, fair, and dignified work for all by changing culture, companies, and laws. We enable more people to seek justice through the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. We pioneer innovative research driving toward solutions to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace through the TIME’S UP Impact Lab. And we reshape key industries from within, so they serve as a model for all industries. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit timesupfoundation.org.

ACLU

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, we take up the toughest civil liberties fights. Beyond one person, party, or side — we the people dare to create a more perfect union. Learn more at: aclu.org

Futures Without Violence

Futures Without Violence is a national health and social justice nonprofit that develops groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns to empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, educators and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and trauma. We also work with advocates, policymakers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and health relationships. For more information, visit www.futureswithoutviolence.org.

National Women’s Law Center

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls. We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families. For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Find out more at NWLC.org.