July 17, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
MLB strengthens anti-discrimination policy
MLB, Major League Baseball, Gay News, Washington Blade

MLB strengthens anti-discrimination policy. (Photo courtesy Flickr user adwriter)

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced it has strengthened its anti-gay discrimination and harassment policies.

Both MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to create what a press release described as a Workplace Code of Conduct that conveys the league’s policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation and distribute it to every major and minor league player. The league will also create “a centralized complaint system for reporting incidents involving harassment and discrimination.”

Team officials will also attend new trainings under an agreement the league reached after meeting with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“I expect all those who represent Major League Baseball, as a social institution that has important social responsibilities, to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that our game’s diverse players, employees and fans deserve,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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