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NY Attorney General warns NFL regarding 'sexual orientation' questions

Posted by David Zimmerman  March 14, 2013 03:06 PM

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a letter sent by his office to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding an investigation on whether possible draft picks were asked about their sexual orientation during the league's combine, which is illegal in New York.

In the letter, Schneiderman requests that the league:

Issue a public statement clarifying its position "that any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation by league teams or their employees or agents against potential recruits or players is a violation of state, local, and in some cases, contractual law, and will not be tolerated."

"Memorialize this commitment in a written policy" and distribute the policy throughout the League.

Advise NFL prospects to contact League officials if they have ever been asked questions about their sexual orientation.

Schneiderman asked Commissioner Goodell to contact him by Wednesday to schedule a meeting on the matter.

In a statement by NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the league revealed that it is already looking into the matter. "Like all employers, our teams are expected to follow applicable federal, state and local employment laws," the NFL said in its recent statement. "It is league policy to neither consider nor inquire about sexual orientation in the hiring process. In addition, there are specific protections in our collective bargaining agreement with the players that prohibit discrimination against any player, including on the basis of sexual orientation. Any team or employee that inquires about impermissible subjects or makes an employment decision based on such factors is subject to league discipline."

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