WWE has been making many positive advancements in bringing its corporate environment into the modern age. From stricter anti-drug policies to the enactment of progressive anti-discrimination programs, WWE is on the cutting edge of what a 21st century business climate should look like. Now, WWE is taking a stance on several more serious issues, including domestic abuse and sexual assault. (Before going too deep into this news piece, I’d like to point out that Roman Reigns is pictured with his daughter above because he’s being a good example.)
In an Interview with Yahoo Sports that was released on Monday, Stephanie McMahon addressed newer policies that have been added to WWE’s Wellness Policy:
Yahoo Sports: We’ve seen professional leagues crack down on players accused of domestic abuse the last couple of months. What’s the WWE’s policy on domestic abuse and has the company addressed the superstars on this topic?
Stephanie McMahon: We have a zero tolerance policy for domestic abuse. Upon arrest for such misconduct, our superstars are immediately suspended and should there be a conviction, that superstar or diva would be terminated.
Under the “Talent Programs And Policies” section of the WWE corporate website, the following has been recently added:
“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated.
WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE. Section 9.13(a) of the WWE booking contract, commonly known as the “morals clause”, provides WWE with broad discretion and authority to act under such circumstances.”
WWE should be applauded for taking such a strong stand against domestic abuse. To leave everyone with a slightly warm and fuzzy feeling, I’ve decided to post that great video of Roman Reigns taking time to be a dad.
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