Ezekiel Elliot’s Imminent Suspension Showcases the Importance of Well-Constructed Collective Bargaining Agreements
- Written by Jarred Lieber
Pursuant to the National Football League’s (“NFL”) collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”), the NFL commissioner has the authority to both issue discipline and hear the appeal or designate the arbitrator who will do so. On August 11, 2017, after a yearlong investigation into allegations of domestic abuse, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliot for six games after finding that there was “credible evidence” that Elliot had violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The NFL Players Association (“NFLPA”) appealed the decision to a Goodell-appointed arbitrator who upheld the decision to suspend Elliot. After the NFL filed a motion in Federal court to confirm the arbitrator’s decision, the NFLPA has been pulling out all the stops to delay and potentially overturn Elliot’s suspension.
- Written by Jizell Lopez
Hollywood is currently facing a controversy decades in the making involving a rising storm of allegations of sexual assault and harassment against some of the titans of the movie industry. A deluge of complaints against uber-producer Harvey Weinstein quickly resulted in his ouster from the Weinstein Company, a company he founded and ran until he was removed by its Board of Directors. The numerous complaints have not only decimated his personal image, but also are threatening the company’s continued existence. More recently, allegations of decades-old sexual abuse against actor Kevin Spacey resulted in Netflix halting production on the final season of its hit show House of Cards.