Matt Lauer’s Dismissal
It is not my intention in this perspective to ever give the impression that “inappropriate sexual conduct at the workplace is acceptable.” Of course not, however, we hold the view that every person accused of an offense should get their day in court. In other words have a fair hearing. Both sides should and must be heard. Justice must be swift, fair, just and balanced.
It is alleged that after 20 years at NBC, a powerful American media house has dismissed Matt Lauer as a result of one sexual assault complaint filed. Is this allegation false? We may never know … the media house for their own reasons choose to dismiss the accused.
The chairman Andrew Lack stated that this may not have been the first case about Matt. If this is so what form of counselling was done to rehabilitate the alleged offender?
We all fall short of the glory God. He who is without sin let them cast the first stone.
“In a memo to employees sent Wednesday morning, NBC chairman Andrew Lack said the complaint, which was made by a colleague of Lauer’s prompted a serious review and represented a “clear violation of our company’s standards.”
There has been a raft of sexual assault allegations in recent times. It appears that if you look outside your cubicle at your work station and steer at a colleague’s legs you could be charged with sexual assault?
A Jury could not convict Bill Crosby after a number of women came forward and complained. A Canadian woman was the lead complainant. Good for her. If Cosby did not defend himself and allow due process to prevail … these alleged complainants may be smiling to the bank. Is Cosby innocent? All are presumed innocent unless convicted in a credible court of law.
In our perspective, it is not too late for Matt Lauer to get legal advice, if not protection for his rights. Even a mass murderer is entitled to protection from the law.
This is our perspective. Feel free to disagree. Let us hear from you.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is senior international correspondent & Photojournalist