NBC had nothing but praise in announcing the June departure of Pat Langer, NBC Universal's executive vice president of human resources. "I cannot thank Pat enough for her leadership and contributions to our company,” NBC Universal's executive vice president Adam Miller said in announcing her departure. But even though an NBC investigation released today found that management wasn't told of Matt Lauer's sexual misconduct allegations before the events that got him fired, reports from Variety and Ann Curry said management was indeed previously informed of Lauer's behavior. As Joanna Rothkopf notes, "it could be that NBC’s HR department is so dysfunctional that misconduct allegations against the most prominent anchor at the network were misplaced—maybe forgotten under a pile of manila envelopes. Or it could be that the people who received the complaints intentionally chose not to escalate them, unaware of the demands of their job, or unwilling to alienate the figurehead of the network’s marquee program."
TOPICS: Matt Lauer, NBC, Today Show, Pat Langer, NBC News, Sexual Misconduct