Media companies have been front and center in some of the high-profile cases of sexual harassment that spawned the #MeToo Movement. What is most important to focus on now is how companies can work to prevent sexual harassment from overshadowing the important work they are doing.
Linda Vester, a former NBC News correspondent who accused Tom Brokaw of sexual assault earlier this year, is calling on the Comcast board of directors to do a thorough investigation of harassment at NBC. Vester took out an ad in Thursday’s New York Times, calling on the board to end non-disclosure agreements and forced arbitration in sexual harassment cases.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Thursday it would make changes to how it handles sexual harassment claims, a week after thousands of its employees around the world walked off their jobs to protest its response to such issues.
Time’s Up put out a statement Thursday criticizing the $100 million settlement package that CBS CEO Les Moonves is reportedly set to receive in his widely-expected exit from the company. “[This] settlement sends a message to survivors everywhere that powerful men can act without fear of consequence.”
Before the devastating allegations of sexual misconduct hit, Rose was a legendary man-about-town. Now, the former CBS and PBS star, one of TV’s most feted journalists, is hiding out on Long Island with occasional, mostly disastrous forays into Manhattan: “He’s focusing on trying to understand.”
Two new initiatives are working to correct shortcomings in newsroom cultures that are creating environments ripe for harassment and abuse: Press Forward and the Power Shift Project.
Press Forward launched a website Tuesday that defines sexual assault and offers advice to women for what they should do if they feel harassed. It also lists “rules of thumb” for people in dealing with the opposite sex at work.