The report stated that the investigation turned up no evidence that leadership at NBC News, Today or human resources "received complaints" about Lauer's "workplace behavior prior to November 27, 2017".
NBC has concluded its investigation after Matt Lauer was sacked from the Today show in November due to alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace. After firing Lauer in November based on the account of a complainant whose experience dated to 2014, three additional women came forward to allege "that Lauer had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace with them in 2000, 2001 and 2007, respectively".
Lauer was sacked by NBC News in November after an employee filed a formal complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior".
"We can not change the past", Lack said.
"The last few months have been extraordinarily hard, with our dedicated journalists doing some of our best work ever while we endured a painful period in the spotlight including a thorough and deserved examination", said NBC Universal Chairman Andy Lack in a memo that was attached to the Laurer investigation report.
NBC Universal's general counsel, Kimberley Harris, conducted the investigation. The network interviewed 70 current and former employees, and the probe found there was "no evidence" that any senior executives were aware of Lauer's impropriety until November. He offered a seven-point plan for "a safer and more respectful environment", including more training for managers, mandatory workplace training, and "constant vigilance, monitoring and measuring progress".
On Wednesday, over 5 months after Lauer was sacked, the community launched the findings of its inner investigation into the scandal.
Though the report says the investigation found credible evidence that leadership were not made aware of Lauer's behavior, a footnote noted that one of the four complainants did tell her manager about an interaction with Lauer "in or around 1996. where he placed his hand on her thigh and made a sexually suggestive comment". But managers said they had never had such a conversation with her. And shortly after Lauer was sacked, Lack promised a thorough "culture assessment" while also instituting mandatory in-person training on workplace behavior and harassment prevention for all 2000 employees of NBC News. 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".
In other words, NBC executives all denied any knowledge of Lauer's actions during interviews with other NBC investigators.
In that article, Curry said she had told NBC leaders in 2012 about Lauer's misconduct after a staffer confided in her that she was "sexually harassed physically". NBC said Curry "did not disclose to anyone in management that she had received a specific complaint". Similar concerns regarding a lack of anonymity and fears of retaliation were raised about reporting complaints directly to management. But they also said Lauer didn't pursue them further after they ignored him, and so they didn't report his behavior to management. Those allegations broke just last month; Brokaw has denied any misconduct, and Linda Vester, who has publicly accused him, has not consented to cooperate with NBC, NPR's David Folkenflik reports. According to the NBCUniversal facilities team, the button is a commonly available feature in executive offices in multiple NBCUniversal facilities to provide an efficient way to close the door without getting up from the desk.
Lack said that more than 80 percent of the staff has had new training in workplace behavior since Lauer's firing, and that all employees are expected to be done by June 30.