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MLB Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy For Harassment Based On Sexual Orientation

NY Attorney General Helped Negotiate Terms Following Similar Work With NFL
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There has been an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players to prevent harassment due to sexual orientation.

Two years ago, baseball added sexual discrimination language into its collective bargaining agreement with players. Now, the organization is taking additional steps to make the policy clear.

“The culture that all of us share is one of tolerance and of respect,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told reporters, including WCBS 880′s Jim Smith.

Speaking at a press conference at the Jacob K. Javits Center on Tuesday, Selig said they’ll distribute a code of conduct to every employee and player.

The new zero-tolerance policy will also be posted in every locker room right down to the minor leagues.

“Our game is more than just the national pastime. We are, as I often say, a social institution,” said Selig. “Diversity is a hallmark of our sport, which is blessed to have an innate ability to bring people together.”

The league is also setting up a centralized reporting system to accept complaints of discrimination and harassment.

The moves followed talks with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“All people deserve to be treated with tolerance and respect,” said Schneiderman. “Everyone’s rights are respected, dignity is respected. And if they are not, there will be a clear means of reporting discriminatory behavior.”

Selig said the new tolerance anti-harassment policy is meant to impact today’s players and the next generation of major leaguers.

MLB worked with Schneiderman after the AG successfully negotiated a similar policy for the National Football League.

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