NBC is reportedly placing strict rules on staffers’ personal relationships after a string of sexual harassment scandals has rocked the network.
A source told Page Six that the network’s new anti-sexual harassment rules dictate that staffers must rat out any colleagues who are thought to be misbehaving. If they fail to report colleagues who have workplace relationships, they could be fired for covering it up.
“Romantic relationships at work are not exactly unusual, but now NBC says it is taking a zero-tolerance approach. Staffers have been told that if they find out about any affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships or behavior in the office, they have to report it to human resources, their superior or the company anti-harassment phone line,” the source told Page Six. “Staffers are shocked that they are now expected to snitch on their friends.”
The rules also reportedly touch on other aspects of personal relationships, such as how to hug colleagues, where to go out to eat, and what transportation to take home.
“Plus, there’s been a series of ridiculous rules issued on other office conduct. One rule relates to hugging. If you wish to hug a colleague, you have to do a quick hug, then an immediate release, and step away to avoid body contact,” the source said. “Also there’s strict rules about socializing, including [not] sharing taxis home and [not] taking vegans to steakhouses.”
“Game Change” author Mark Halperin was fired from the network in October after a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment and groping. A month later, Matt Lauer was fired after an employee complained about inappropriate sexual advances. After his departure, a number of other women came forward to accuse Lauer of harassment and sexual assault.
The Daily Caller also recently reported that NBC made a separation-related payment to a “Hardball” producer after she accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999. (RELATED: NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews)