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NBC News fires Matt Lauer from ‘Today” for sexual harassment

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2017 | Sexual Harassment |

California residents who are used to waking up with the “Today Show” may be interested to learn that, on Nov. 29, long-time host Matt Lauer was suddenly fired from NBC. The firing reportedly came just hours after an unknown individual claimed that the former host had acted sexually inappropriately towards her during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The accuser’s attorney stated that, over the course of several hours, the accuser detailed various acts of sexual harassment and misconduct that had been committed by Lauer. Following the meeting with NBC executives, NBC reportedly investigated the claims and ultimately decided to fire the former host.

Further, NBC News also stated that the alleged behavior continued after the games had wrapped up. Lauer’s former co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced the news during the “Today” show. They read a statement from the NBC News Chairman Andy Lack which stated that this was the first complaint the company had received regarding Lauer. However, it was not believed that the alleged sexual harassment was an isolated incident.

When employees constantly have to deal with inappropriate comments, unwanted touching and unwanted sexual advances, their work performance and career trajectory can suffer. In some cases, some employees may even leave the company due to the hostile working environment the constant sexual harassment and discrimination can create. In other instances, employees may actually even be fired or retaliated against if they file complaints. An attorney may work with a person who has been fired for filing a complaint by filing a lawsuit against the company and by assisting with gathering evidence that demonstrates the type of work environment or culture the company enforces.

Source: FOX News, “Matt Lauer fired from ‘Today’ for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’ after accuser comes forward in secret meeting“, Sasha Savitsky, 11/29/2017