‘The Hills’ Were Alive With Sexual Harassment, Suit Alleges

After MTV launched a multi-year initiative to combat digital harassment in December 2009, the network is now facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former field clearance coordinator and production coordinator for its own reality series, “The Hills.” The Toronto Sun reported on October 19, 2011, that Eliza Sproul claims that she was sexually harassed, pressured to smoke drugs, denied meal and rest breaks and ultimately denied overtime and other pay in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles.

Sproul says that MTV failed to secure a work visa for everyone when the show took the crew to Costa Rica in May 2010, leaving her paired with a local resident named Andres who made repeated sexual advances and pressured Sproul to smoke marijuana with him in the forest. According to the Sun, she claims “other employees immediately began making jokes, insinuating the two had engaged in sexual activity” when Sproul returned from the trip. Sproul claims she was subjected to sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other charges.

Do you know what constitutes sexual harassment? While this suit against MTV is a case of a hostile working environment, an employer can also be held liable if you feel you were the victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment. Unfortunately, a countless number of people never pursue any legal action in these cases out of fear, but you should know that our Los Angeles employment attorneys could assist you in filing a lawsuit for retaliation. Contact our firm today to set up a confidential consultation.

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