NBC News has issued new guidelines to staff in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Matt Lauer, America’s highest-paid television news host.
Lauer was fired on November 28 after The New York Times reported allegations from multiple women about sexual harassment.
He was the network’s highest-paid star, earning $25 million a year.
The broadcaster has now reportedly issued new behavioural guidelines, obtained by The New York Post.
Employees have been ordered to report any inappropriate relationships in the workplace, according to the paper, and if they fail to do so, they could be fired for covering up for colleagues.
Detailed rules also have been issued about conduct in the office, including how to socialise and even how to hug colleagues.
“Romantic relationships at work are not exactly unusual, but now NBC says it is taking a zero-tolerance approach," a source told the paper.
"Staffers have been told that if they find out about any affairs, romances, inappropriate relationships or behaviour in the office, they have to report it to human resources, their superior or the company anti-harassment phone line.
"Staffers are shocked that they are now expected to snitch on their friends."
The source added that there are also "a series of ridiculous rules" issued to guide office conduct.
"One rule relates to hugging. If you wish to hug a colleague, you have to do a quick hug, then an immediate release, and step away to avoid body contact," the source said.
“Also there’s strict rules about socialising, including [not] sharing taxis home and [not] taking vegans to steakhouses.”
NBC News representatives have not commented.
Earlier this month, NBC News said it would require employees to take anti-harassment training and conduct a “culture assessment” of the news division following Lauer’s firing.
Andy Lack, the chairman of NBC News, said in a staff memo that a review of the “inappropriate sexual conduct” charges that led to Lauer’s firing resulted in interviews with at least 40 other employees.
Lauer, a married father of three, has apologised for his actions in a statement read on his former show, Today, saying he was "truly sorry".
He said that not all of the allegations that have followed are correct, but he admitted that "there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."
He said: "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.
"As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC."
His Dutch model wife, Annette Roque, is reportedly consulting divorce lawyers.
The pair met in 1997 and married in 1998.
Their first child, Jack, was born in 2001, followed by Romy in 2004 and Thijs in 2006.
Ms Roque previously filed for divorce while pregnant with Thijs, but the couple later reconciled.
On Saturday they were seen together at their horse farm in Sag Harbour, in The Hamptons, but with Ms Roque not wearing her wedding ring.
Lauer was fired in the aftermath of the October 5 report into the behaviour of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood film producer. He was accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment, assault and rape, which he denied, and his downfall triggered a flood of similar accusations against politicians, media moguls and business titans, with a slew of resignations.
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Weinstein is currently in rehab in Arizona, and with his estranged wife demanding he pay their child support in advance for fear of him being bankrupted by law suits.
Yet he is now a Hollywood pariah: on Christmas Day the rock band TENLo released a dark music video in which a Weinstein lookalike, played by former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond, is stabbed to death.