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Is There a #MeToo Blacklist?

May 15th, 2019

The #MeToo movement has brought unprecedented changes to the media industry, with television stars, movie producers, and executives being forced to answer for discrimination, sexual harassment, and abuse. A recent Vanity Fair article describes a negative consequence for some of the whistleblowers of retaliation through blacklisting.

Many women who have settled sexual harassment cases and then tried to move on have not been able to find new jobs in the media field. Although there is no word of an official blacklist being distributed, many are now starting to speak out about this new type of discrimination.

After Effects of Speaking Out

The article’s author spoke with many women whose media careers have started a downward trajectory after settling widely-reported sexual harassment lawsuits. One said that while she was interviewing for a new position, her interviewer directly asked her why she had sued her last employer. Another woman who had a prominent television career and settled her lawsuit is now having difficulties finding a new job and talent agent.

An Associate Professor of Management at Bowie State University stated that these employers could perceive these women as troublemakers, and they do not need to tell them why they are not getting hired. Even though these women are victims, this does not help them get work.

Another network employee that brought suit on their former employer also ran into problems when searching for new employment. She was told by a former colleague to wait a few years until things settle down before seeking work. Industry insiders are still talking about the fallout from the lawsuits, and those making hiring decisions may feel that these women pose the risk of being litigants. A marketing expert said that he hopes that the #MeToo lawsuits do not lead to increased paranoia for employers. Those that fear being sued may be quietly blacklisting these women and others like them.

An employment lawyer that represented two of the women commented that he believes the culture that propagated the abuse has not really changed, and harassers are still targeting these victims. However, the situation may improve with time. For now, the victims are facing the downside of speaking up, and many may have to put their former careers on hold until things calm down.

Montgomery County Sexual Harassment Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Fight for Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment can be obvious or more discreet, but you do not have to put up with it at work. Contact a Montgomery County sexual harassment lawyer at The Gold Law Firm P.C. today. We will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us at 215-569-1999 or complete an online form for a free case evaluation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.

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