Sexual harassment in the broadcasting industry

Some people in Tennessee might be aware that the broadcasting industry has recently been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. However, media companies have been implicated in similar behavior in the past. A decade ago, Gawker and The New York Times reported on sexual harassment at Tribune Broadcasting. The company rewrote the employee handbook to excuse certain types of talk and jokes as not being harassment.

The #MeToo movement has had a significant effect on pushing more allegations forward, and employers may need to consider how they will handle allegations of sexual harassment. There will continue to be office romances, and in surveys, many employees still consider the workplace as a setting to find a partner. Companies will need to exercise judgment and recognize nuance. One challenge is that an interaction that appears consensual may simply be a person with less power trying to defuse the situation. Companies must also be aware that employees may face harassment from vendors or clients.

Companies will need to have strong policies and training. In fact, state broadcaster associations may step in with assistance. Companies should make it clear that people who feel they are dealing with harassment can report it. They may need to review and update employee manuals and policies. They should also consider what constitutes a proportional response to harassment.

Sexual harassment in the workplace tends to be underreported for a number of reasons. Employees may wonder whether a lewd comment or action counts as sexual harassment. They may be worried about how it will affect their job even if the company seems supportive about sexual harassment reporting. Therefore, someone who is dealing with harassment or discrimination in the workplace might want to consult an attorney. Legal counsel may be able to explain how to best document the incidents and what to do if the employer does not respond to complaints.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Free Consultation

Get Started With Your Free, No-Obligation Consultation

Let us be clear when we say "you pay us nothing unless we win." Your relationship with our law firm begins with a free consultation. You meet directly with one of our experienced lawyers. When you become our client, we never ask you to open your checkbook. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means our fee only comes from the proceeds from a successful verdict or settlement.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

McCune Zenner Happell, PLLC The Parklane Building, 5200 Maryland Way Suite 120 Brentwood, TN 37027 Phone: 615-953-8337 Phone: 615-425-3476 Fax: 615-251-6958 Brentwood Law Office Map

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U S News
  • Nation's Premier NAFBA Top Ten Ranking 2014