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Academy president faces sexual harassment allegations

Women in Hollywood, California have given a voice to mistreated workers across the country by publicly accusing the powerful men who abused them early in their careers. However, just as the #metoo and #timesup movements began to settle down, a new accusation has come to light. While women in the motion picture industry work for changes that allow them to build careers without having to submit to sexual harassment, an investigation has opened against the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The organization promotes the movie industry and hosts the annual Academy Awards event. Every year, a member is elected to the office of president. Members can be from any branch of the film industry, and the current president, John Bailey, was a cinematographer on such films as "Groundhog Day" and "The Big Chill." He has also recently been accused by three women of sexual harassment.

While no details of the allegations have been released, Academy policy stipulates that the Academy's Membership and Administration Committee will investigate the allegations. If they are found to be credible, the Board of Governors will decide on disciplinary action. Ironically, this policy was established only months ago under Bailey's presidential term following the outcry against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and others accused of sexual harassment.

Hollywood may get the publicity when its employees face sexual harassment, but hostile work environments can exist anywhere in California and across the country. Workers dealing with unsolicited sexual advances, inappropriate topics of conversations or other obscene behavior may not have a platform to cry #metoo, but they do have the right to seek legal advice. An attorney with experience assisting workers facing sexual harassment or other unacceptable acts in the workplace can provide guidance and representation.

Source: pagesix.com, "Academy president under investigation for alleged sexual harassment", Gene Maddaus, March 16, 2018

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