N.F.L. Takes Over Sexual Harassment Investigation of Washington Team

The N.F.L. has taken over an investigation into claims of sexual harassment made by more than a dozen women who worked for the Washington Football Team during the past two decades.

The move comes after lawyers representing some of the women last week criticized the investigation and the N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, to hire the law firm that is investigating the matter and to control the response to its findings.

In July, Snyder hired Beth Wilkinson, a founding partner of Wilkinson Walsh, to conduct “an independent review of the team’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct” that were raised in reporting by The Washington Post. The newspaper published another story last month that included claims from another two dozen women about pervasive harassment while employed by the team, including allegations that implicated Snyder. A former cheerleader accused the team owner of propositioning her and a former staffer said that a lewd video recording of the outtakes of a cheerleader photo shoot was made at Snyder’s behest.

Snyder denied many elements of The Post’s reporting, including the proposition allegation and any involvement in the recording.

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