NBC has tightened its anti-sexual harassment rules for employees following a scandal over the issue surrounding former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, according to The New York Post.
The Post on Monday reported that NBC employees have been ordered to report all inappropriate relationships in their workplace.
A source told The Post that workers who failed to do may be fired for covering up for their misbehaving colleagues.
“Romantic relationships at work are not exactly unusual, but now NBC says it is taking a zero-tolerance approach,” they said.
“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 added.
“Staffers are shocked that they are now expected to snitch on their friends. Plus, there’s a series of ridiculous rules issued on other office conduct.”
The Post’s source noted that one rule states that, “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.”
“Also, there’s strict rules about socializing, including [not] sharing taxis home and [not] taking vegans to steakhouses,” they added.
NBC News said earlier this month that it would require its employees to take anti-harassment training following Lauer’s firing the month before.
The network added that it would also conduct a “culture assessment” of its news division in the wake of Lauer’s ouster.
NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack last month announced that Lauer had been sacked due to “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
Reports have since emerged about Lauer’s purported behavior, which included allegations of lewd remarks, exposing his private areas to female NBC employees and other misbehavior.
Lauer is one of several powerful male figures who was disgraced by sexual misconduct accusations in 2017 during a global reckoning over the issue.