It probably comes as no surprise that The Weinstein Company (TWC) was immoral and law-breaking. Harvey Weinstein has allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women, from Hollywood stars to his own employees, often wielding his power over them as an intimidation tactic. Now, the New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is filing a suit against The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein for their violations against the state’s human rights, business, and civil rights laws.
Apart from Weinstein’s gross and inappropriate behaviors, TWC executives and board members are under investigation in the suit for failing to protect its employees and aiding Weinstein in his sexual harassment. The investigation includes interviews with employees, survivors of misconduct, and TWC executives.
Among the intimidation and harassment practices that were entrenched in TWC are: a team of women (“wing women”, barf) assigned to helping Weinstein bed his sexual conquests, Weinstein repeatedly threatening employees’ lives and livelihoods, a group of assistants whose main job was to organize his sexual calendar, yet another group of female executives who were forced to meet with women Weinstein wanted to sleep with to coerce them, and, naturally, many, many accounts of Weinstein sexually harassing employees or threatening to fire them if they did not sleep with him.
Of course, employees complained to TWC about misconduct. This led to them being completely ignored by Human Resources and often ending with said employee signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement, a favorite of the company. Robert Weinstein was informed of these allegations and issues in the company, but took no action.
The lawsuit aims to gain compensation for victims, protection for employees moving forward, and anyone who was responsible for this abuse will not be “newly empowered” by any future sales going forward.
Hopefully, this leads in big bucks for victims and fewer employees abused by the system. Now let me go take a scalding hot shower and try to forget these allegations.