The Mavericks workplace must have been one wild place. Executives viewed pornography and made sexual advances to co-workers, according to a 43-page report based on an NBA investigation. The report did not implicate Mr. Cuban, but employees told investigators that it went on for so long that they felt he must have been aware. Mr. Cuban issued an apology through ESPN:”I messed up. In hindsight, it was staring me right in the face andI missed it. I wasn’t as focused on the business as I should have been.” Yes, indeed.
The hotline will help. That way employees will not have to talk with Sports Illustrated reporters about the ordeals of working in the Maverick office (which is the way the NBA investigation started after the SI. article appeared. Now they can call or talk with the ethics and compliance officer. Those basic components of an ethical infrastructure can make a difference.
Scott Cacciola, “Handling of Harassment Will Cost Cuban $10 Million,” New York Times, September 20, 2018, p. B9.