Sex, Lies, and Settlements

Harvey Weinstein is an American film producer and former film studio executive. He was the co-founder of Miramax, which produced several popular independent films including Pulp Fiction, Clerks, The Crying Game, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

On October 5, 2017, The New York Times published, "Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades," their findings are the results of interviews with Weinstein's current and former employees, and information found in emails, legal records and internal documents spanning over three decades.

The Times revealed that Mr. Weinstein has participated in eight settlements with various victims. Actress and producer Rose McGowan, who was a strong voice in the fight against Weinstein, is known to be one of the women who supposedly settled for one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00).

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Victims should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available, and keep any supporting documentation. In her early twenties, actress Gwyneth Paltrow refused Weinstein’s advances, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and soon after, the producer warned Paltrow not to tell anyone else about his come-on. “I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow said.

When the EEOC investigates allegations of sexual harassment, they review the entire record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is constructed from the facts on a case-by-case basis.

It is unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on sex or for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under Title VII.

If you feel you have been the victim of sexual harassment or retaliation, or if you should have any other questions regarding your employment rights, please contact Humble Law, LLC’s, Paralegal, Lindsey Ehlman by calling (205)358-3100 or sending an email to lindsey@humble.law.

All calls/emails will be returned within 24 hours.

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