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Sexual orientation harassment policy OK’d

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Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:34 p.m. CDT

ALBANY, N.Y. – Major League Baseball will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday.

The league is scheduled to announce its new policy during its All-Star Game festivities Tuesday with the players’ union and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement.

Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player, provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

The announcement follows Schneiderman’s agreement this year with the NFL to strengthen its policies. Some NFL prospects complained about questions they said where posed to them during the evaluation and hiring system called the NFL combine. The case prompted a look at harassment and discrimination policies in other sports.

Few professional athletes are openly gay, and gay rights groups have blamed the policies and atmosphere in sports for forcing gay athletes to hide their sexual orientations.

Schneiderman, a Democrat, called the new policy actions a “clear stand against discrimination.”

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