Under Armour’s #MeToo Moment: Employees Can No Longer Visit Strip Clubs on Sports Apparel Company’s Dime, CEO Kevin Plank Announces

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Earlier this year, Under Armour upended a longstanding practice of allowing employees to charge strip-club visits to their corporate cards, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Employees, including Chairman and Chief Executive Kevin Plank, allegedly visited strip clubs on the company’s dime with athletes or co-workers after some corporate and sporting events, according to more than a dozen current and former employees. The visits were one of many practices women at the sports-apparel company found demeaning, the newspaper noted, along with inappropriate behavior by male superiors. For example, women were sometimes invited to events based on their potential attractiveness to male guests, sources told the Journal. “Our teammates deserve to work in a respectful and empowering environment,” Plank said in a statement. “We believe that there is systemic inequality in the global workplace and we will embrace this moment to accelerate the ongoing meaningful cultural transformation that is already under way at Under Armour. We can and will do better.”

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast