By David D. Dodge
Following an explosive story in Sports Illustrated (SI) about the corrosive culture of the Dallas Mavericks front office, the Mavs announced their search to fill a new position, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. This move to create and fill a “compliance” officer position by a professional sports team in the U.S. is rare indeed.
The scandal, as first reported by Sports Illustrated, characterizes “the Mavs’ hostile work environment – ranging from sexual harassment to domestic violence – as an open secret.” More than a dozen current and former Mavs’ employees were interviewed for the story. At the heart of the story, the then team president and CEO was accused of repeated harassment infractions. SI reported that while the team president and CEO was a “serial sexual harasser of women,” the corrosive workplace culture was pervasive within the entire front office. [Read more…]