Did the Houston Astros do the right thing, the wrong thing, or both?

A female reporter with Sports Illustrated reported about how the Astros assistant general manager directed loud and profane comments towards female reporters in praise of an Astros pitcher whom they had recently acquired after he was on suspension for a domestic violence issue.

When confronted on this the team first fought it. But it turned out to be a true story and the assistant GM and the team did the usual insincere apology along with the customary language about their commitment to the issue.

Then the team admitted they were wrong and fired the offender. But so far haven’t apologized to the original reporter, even though she was in the room when they announced the firing. And, it took input from multiple, backup sources before they were willing to believe a female reporter.

If you had an employee do something like this (inappropriate comments in public, or even in staff meetings), what would you do? Would it matter if it’s one of your top people or if it’s a marginal employee? If you were buying a company and found out about this what would you do?

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