Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Feds Investigate Gender Discrimination in Hollywood

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Feds Investigate Gender Discrimination in Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES - An attorney for the ACLU said Wednesday that federal officials are investigating whether gender discrimination exists in Hollywood, where statistics show less than 7 percent of top movies last year were directed by women. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs have responded to the ACLU's request for a look at Hollywood hiring practices with a "wide-ranging and well- resourced investigation," attorney Melissa Goodman said.

"We're very encouraged by how seriously the government has taken this," said Goodman, director of the LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California. "Our hope is that they'll push industry leaders to address the ongoing violations of civil rights women directors in the industry have experienced and are experiencing. …

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