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WFT Sexual Harassment Investigation to Be Subject of Congressional Hearing

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 27, 2022

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder listens to head coach Ron Rivera during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility, in Ashburn, Va. The NFL has fined the Washington Football Team $10 million and owner Dan Snyder is stepping away from day-to-day operations after an independent investigation into the organization’s workplace misconduct. The team was not stripped of any draft picks as part of the league’s discipline that was announced Thursday, July 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File

The United States Congress announced Thursday that it will hold a hearing examining the Washington Football Team's workplace culture on Feb. 3.

JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington tweeted a screenshot of the notice sent out by Congress:

JP Finlay @JPFinlayNBCS

Washington will announce its new name on 2.2.22. Now the US Congress announces a hearing on Washington investigation on 2.3.22. <a href="https://t.co/oElRLTMGRc">pic.twitter.com/oElRLTMGRc</a>

The roundtable discussion, which is entitled "Examining the Washington Football Team's Toxic Workplace Culture," will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., and will also be available virtually on Zoom.

The hearing will focus on allegations that the Washington Football Team created a toxic work environment that included the sexual harassment of female employees over a 15-year period.

Per ESPN, the Washington Football Team was under investigation from July 2020 until last year as a result of the allegations.

The investigation, which was conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson, featured testimony by more than 150 people, most of whom were current or former WFT employees.

In the wake of the investigation, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement noting that the investigation "concluded that for many years the workplace environment at the Washington Football Team, both generally and particularly for women, was highly unprofessional. Bullying and intimidation frequently took place and many described the culture as one of fear, and numerous female employees reported having experienced sexual harassment and a general lack of respect in the workplace."

Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder said in a subsequent statement that he agreed with Goodell and vowed to implement 10 recommendations made by Wilkinson.

Ultimately, the Washington Football Team was fined $10 million by the NFL, and Snyder agreed to step aside in favor of his wife, Tanya Snyder, taking over the day-to-day operations of the team for "several months."

As noted by Finlay, the Washington Football Team is set to announce its new name one day before the congressional hearing occurs.