Six attorneys general urge NFL to take 'swift action' to improve conditions for female employees, promise to prosecute as needed

    The letter, released by New York State Attorney General Letitia James' office, was co-signed by the AGs of Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington.

    (CNN)A coalition of six attorneys general, led by New York AG Letitia James, urged the NFL to take "swift action to improve workplace conditions and protect its female employees" in a Wednesday letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    The state AGs promised to use the "full weight" of their authority to investigate and prosecute allegations of harassment, discrimination or retaliation following recently surfaced reports from female NFL employees. The letter, released by James' office, was co-signed by the AGs of Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington.
    The warning comes as the NFL faces an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against a franchise owner and is under scrutiny for its lack of diversity in leadership positions.
      In the letter, the AGs cite a February report from the New York Times in which more than 30 former league employees described a workplace hostile to women.
        "Female employees described experiencing unwanted touching from male bosses, attending parties where prostitutes were hired, facing unfair criticism based on stereotypes, being passed over for promotions based on their gender, and being pushed out for complaining about discrimination," the letter said, citing the report.
        "In fact, some former female employees have since learned that there were no records of their complaints of gender discrimination," the letter continued.
        Roughly 37% of the 1,100 employees at the NFL are women, and 30% are people of color, the letter noted.
          In a statement to CNN, the NFL said it shares "the commitment of the attorneys general to ensuring that all of our workplaces -- including the league office and 32 clubs -- are diverse, inclusive and free from discrimination and harassment."
          NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the organization has "made great strides" over the years but acknowledged that it, like many organizations, "has more work to do."
          "We look forward to sharing with the attorneys general the policies, practices, protocols, education programs and partnerships we have implemented to act on this commitment and confirm that the league office and our clubs maintain a respectful workplace where all our employees, including women, have an opportunity to thrive," McCarthy said.
          The state AGs warned the NFL to address "its seeming continued inaction" in combating these issues, adding, "if true, the NFL's failures may violate local, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws, which prohibit employers from discriminating against women, people of color, and domestic violence victims, or subjecting them to a hostile work environment," according to James' release.
          The letter also reminded the NFL of commitments it made to improving policies in 2015 after former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on camera in an elevator punching his fiancée and knocking her out in 2014. "The NFL must finally make good on its promise and do better -- pink jerseys are not a replacement for equal treatment and full inclusion of women in the workplace," the release said.

          NFL facing harassment, discrimination allegations

          The NFL is currently investigating sexual harassment allegations against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder.
          Tiffani Johnston, a former cheerleader and marketing and events coordinator for the team, told a House Oversight Committee roundtable in February Snyder allegedly put his hand on her thigh during a dinner and aggressively pushed her toward his limousine with his hand on her lower back as she fended off his advances.