New York FC said it found inappropriate and rude behavior after completing an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by a former employee against David Villa, a former New York club, and several other club employees.
In a statement sent to ESPN, CNDP largely repeated the former employee’s accusations, but did not refer directly to the villa.
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The NCFC reported that of the persons involved in the behaviour, only one was still in the club and that that person was disciplined. The NCFC did not specify the nature of the sanction in its statement.
In the course of the investigation, there were allegations that a small number of players and employees in their dealings with a trainee and other club employees did not act in accordance with the club’s standards, according to the NCFC in a statement to ESPN.
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This behaviour included unnecessary physical contact, teasing and remarks about clothing and appearance. The club found such behavior inappropriate and unacceptable.
Although Villa’s name was not mentioned in the statement, sources told ESPN that the investigation confirmed that Villa had mistakenly touched the employee and caused him discomfort.
The representative of the Villa company refused to comment. The villa had previously refuted these claims and called them completely untrue.
A former employee did not respond to an ESPN request for comments with a direct message.
The accusations first surfaced in July, when a former employee, an intern from the club’s coaching staff, said Villa had had unwanted physical contact with her.
The woman said she rarely went out one day without Villa touching me or verbally insulting me, but she never bothered to know my name.
She had previously tweeted about a hostile work environment at NYCFC.
In its statement, the SCCR indicated that, as soon as it was aware of the allegations, it immediately initiated an investigation by an external law firm. Sources indicate that there are 40 respondents, more than half of whom are women. Interviewees included a former employee, persons involved in the alleged reprisal, and a wider circle of employees who were not directly involved in the incidents. Sources have also reported that no one refuses to cooperate, not even Villa.
NYCFC also indicated that it was taking corrective measures in its working environment.
NYCFC must continually strive to improve and maintain a work environment and culture that reflects the club’s standards and values, NYCFC told ESPN in a statement.
The club is making a number of changes within the organization to ensure that such conduct does not recur in the future, including: more effective whistleblowing processes; more effective training on harassment and workplace conduct for all employees, including trainees; better recruitment and training of trainees; and clear protocols for investigating misconduct.