MLB criticizes teams for facilities for female employees

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has told its clubs that some don’t provide acceptable work accommodations for female employees, calling them “shamefully substandard.”

The May 20 memo from Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president of on-field operations, asks teams to provide documentation by June 3 of facilities for home and away coaches and staff. Hill told teams to comply with MLB regulations “as soon as possible.”

The memo was first reported by ESPN and was obtained by The Associated Press.

San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken this year became the first woman hired as the on-field coach of a major league team.

Kim Ng became the first female general manager before the 2021 season when she was hired by the Miami Marlins. Several other women are part of the senior baseball operations staff and use areas in and around the clubhouses.

“We have required each club to provide both home and visiting female staff who require access to a locker room with a clean space that: (i) is in close proximity to the respective home or visiting clubhouse; (ii) is private; and (iii) includes proper toilets and showers,” Hill wrote. “During the first six weeks of the season, it has become clear that a number of clubs are not meeting these requirements, particularly with regard to hosting women on away teams.

“It is unacceptable that women traveling as part of the visiting team are not provided accommodation that allows them to do their jobs to the same standard as their male colleagues and counterparts. The women’s facilities of many clubs fall embarrassingly below the high standards befitting a member of a visiting group from a major league organization. They also create an unsustainable work environment for women, some of whom now choose not to travel to certain cities with their travel club,” she wrote.

“Clubs that fail to provide appropriate workplaces for personnel, regardless of gender, violate MLB regulations, directly deprive women of equal access to participate in our big game and discourage qualified women from participating in management roles. baseball traditionally occupied by men,” he said.

Hill asked the teams to present current facilities and future improvement plans, telling them to include “detailed plans, descriptions, photographs.”

“We understand that space limitations in some stadiums may limit the ability of clubs to meet these requirements,” Hill wrote. “However, we expect all clubs to make the necessary sacrifices to provide satisfactory facilities for female staff.”

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