According to Deadline, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will begin investigating possible instances of sex and gender discrimination in Hollywood among female directors.
The news source said that officials with the agency will begin interviews with female directors over the upcoming weeks to see if they have felt discriminated against, and what, if any, actions could be taken to combat these issues. Deadline reported that the investigation could be the first step forward in litigation that could reach class action status.
“I would like the EEOC to take legal action against the studios, the networks and the commercial production companies to make them comply with the law,” said commercial director Lori Precious, one of the women the EEOC has requested to interview, according to Deadline. “I hope they force people to change the way they do business because Hollywood is not exempt from the law.”
The EEOC is charged with investigating claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion and national origin. Sadly, according to Deadline, recent statistics suggest that female directors only receive about 16 percent of television episodic directing jobs and less than 5 percent of major studio movie directing jobs.
“I hope the Obama administration and Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will give the EEOC every ounce of support they can muster in this historic effort to create equality for women directors in U.S. media, at last,” said director Maria Giese, whom Dateline said has pushed for an investigation for several years.
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After reviewing media interviews with female directors in Hollywood, we are happy that the EEOC has decided to launch an investigation into possible instances of sex or gender discrimination. It is immoral and unlawful when people are denied jobs or promotions based on their sex or gender—if you believe that you have experienced discrimination, contact our Los Angeles employment law firm.
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