NBC said no complaints about Lauer were made to anyone in a position of authority prior to late November, when the first of several accusers alerted the company's human resources department to the anchor's misconduct. The report claims they found "no evidence" indicating that anyone in a position of authority received complaints about Lauer's behavior prior to November 27, 2017. And the findings of the report - that no one in management knew about Lauer's behavior with junior colleagues - are not likely to quell that criticism. But NBCU is promising to do better, with the report stating that management will "soon will be issuing an updated Company-wide policy to provide greater detail on expectations regarding workplace behavior, to explain the investigations process and to ensure that all management employees understand their obligations to report concerns".
Lauer admitted to the allegation in an interview with NBC's legal and human-resources staff on November 28, the report said. During a subsequent interview, Lauer "admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the complainant". The Firm decided that his conduct violated Firm coverage and terminated Lauer's employment on November 28, efficient instantly.
Universal was criticized for turning to its general counsel, Kim Harris, to conduct the investigation and not allow outsiders to examine the culture.
Within the wake of Lauer's firing, a number of insiders have instructed PEOPLE that Lauer was allegedly usually untrue to his spouse Annette Roque, whom he Wednesday in 1998 after assembly on a blind date.
NBCUniversal released findings from their months-long Matt Lauer investigation on Wednesday, May 9.
NBC executives previously stressed that there were no formal complaints against Lauer. "I believed her", Curry recalled in the WaPo account. "I have worked every day since then to honor that promise".
"I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months", Lauer stated. "I remained silent in an try to guard my household from additional embarrassment and to revive a small diploma of the privateness they've misplaced. But defending my family now requires me to speak up". I totally acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. "However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false". "Current and former members of NBC News and Today Show leadership, as well as News HR, stated that they had never received a complaint about inappropriate workplace behavior by Lauer, and we did not find any contrary evidence".
"A number of individuals interviewed said that Lauer could be flirtatious, would frequently make jokes, some with sexual overtones, and would openly engage in sexually-oriented banter in the workplace".
The company said it remains interested in hearing from other women who experienced sexual misconduct by Lauer.
An attorney who represented one of the women who came forward to NBC about Lauer's behavior said Thursday called for more to be done. But executives who were questioned denied any knowledge, and investigators said they were "unable to otherwise substantiate" the allegations. According to these women, Lauer did not pursue them further when they deflected or ignored the overture, and they did not experience any retaliation. But they all believed that these dalliances were with women outside the company, and so they didn't feel the need to report them.