Blackhawks Legal Report

Blackhawks Legal Report

On June 16, 2010, according to the report, Aldrich had the opportunity to resign or participate in an investigation into what happened to John Doe. Aldrich signed a separation agreement and no investigation was conducted. On the evening of June 10, a day after the Hawks won the title against the Philadelphia Flyers, the employee and Aldrich shared a taxi after celebrating downtown, according to the report. “The employee recalled that Aldrich had put his hand on the employee`s `step` while suggestively asking him if the employee wanted to go upstairs,” the report said. “The employee said `No.`” The report found no evidence of an investigation or contact with human resources before McDonough appointed the team`s human resources director on Sept. 14. June informed of the allegations — a delay that violated the Blackhawks` sexual harassment policies and had “consequences,” according to Schar. Aldrich received severance pay and a playoff bonus, according to the report, and he received a salary “for several months.” He hosted the Stanley Cup for a day in his hometown, and his name was engraved on the iconic trophy. The team noted that the report revealed that “it is clear that the organization and its leaders at the time were not adhering to our own standards or values in dealing with these troubling incidents.” As a result, the Blackhawks` own sexual harassment policy was violated, requiring that all reports of sexual harassment be made “promptly and thoroughly.” The lack of a prompt and thorough investigation into the case and the decision to operate from 23 to 14 May. Failure to act in June had consequences. During this time, Aldrich continued to work with the team and travel with them.

Jenner & Block provided its report to the Chicago Blackhawks following an independent investigation into the Blackhawks` response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former coach. The investigation was led by partner Reid J. Schar, co-chair of the firm`s litigation department. A copy of the report can be found here. For the full report released by the Blackhawks, click here. In addition, the report states that the Blackhawks` human resources director at the time revealed that McDonough, then president and CEO of the Blackhawks, told him that the group, which met on May 23, concluded that it would not alert human resources or outside legal counsel so as not to “disrupt the chemistry of the team.” According to the report, Bowman recalls that after learning of the incident, Quenneville shook his head and said it was difficult for the team to get to where they were and couldn`t cope with this problem now. “While there was no recollection of whether anyone other than Mr. McDonough should or would take any additional action other than Mr. McDonough, nothing was done by other senior officials to remedy the situation. As a result, the Blackhawks` sexual harassment policy was violated, which required an investigation into all reports of sexual harassment, which had to be done promptly and thoroughly. Participants in the meeting, according to the report, were Hawks president John McDonough, Bowman, Quenneville, Cheveldayoff, MacIsaac, Gary and Blunk. “It is clear that in 2010, the leaders of this organization placed the team`s performance above all else.

John Doe deserved better from the Blackhawks. And while we believe we have a strong legal defense, I asked our lawyers to see if we can find a fair solution that is consistent with all the circumstances. “With respect to Messrs. Cheveldayoff and Quenneville currently employed by NHL clubs other than the Blackhawks (Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers, respectively), I intend to schedule face-to-face meetings with both individuals in the near future to discuss their role in relevant events, as detailed in the report,” Bettman said. I will reserve the verdict on the next steps, if any, with regard to them. The Panthers declined to comment, citing Bettman`s plans to meet with Quenneville. Cheveldayoff said he shared everything he knew with Jenner & Block for his report. Two members of the team were appointed to accompany Aldrich on his day with the Cup. One of them had previously claimed that Aldrich had “come” to see him outside his apartment complex before “taking the plunge”. According to the report, several members of the team were aware of these allegations.

For the first time, former Blackhawks player Kyle Beach talks about his experiences after the bombing report documented how the team failed to act when the prospect reported that he was allegedly sexually assaulted by a coach. In the report, Aldrich says the sexual encounter he had with Beach was consensual and denies any wrongdoing in the case. Reid Schar, a partner at Jenner & Block, said the investigation revealed that several Hawks executives and coaches met less than an hour after winning the Western Conference Finals on May 23, 2010 to discuss the allegations against Aldrich. The report states that no action was taken for three weeks. Aldrich participated in an unwanted sexual assault on a Blackhawks intern and physically caught him sexually. And Aldrich continued to participate in team activities and celebrations in the presence of John Doe. Even after the allegations were finally reported to the director of human resources, there has still been no investigation and Aldrich was allowed to resign from his position and continue to participate in Stanley Cup victories.