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PBS Wins Big, Tavis Smiley to Pay Nearly $1.5M

Tavis Smiley has a major problem to the tune of about $1.5 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter , a jury found that the former PBS host breached a morals clause and ruled in favor of PBS. In 2017, Smiley was suspended following a series of sexual misconduct allegations. At trial, PBS invited half a dozen women to testify. Each claimed that they were pressured into relationships or had become victims of unwanted advances by the former late-night talk show host. Smiley argued that the relationships were consensual and rebutted that the company leaked the news to tarnish his image. However, his misbehavior, ultimately, violated conduct agreements in his contract. In a statement about the verdict, PBS said: “We are pleased with the jury’s decision. PBS expects our producing partners to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect. It was important for us to ensure that the courageous women who came forward were able to share their stories...

Niki McGloster

Mar 6, 2020

Time's Up Cofounders Are Creating a Training Firm To Help Companies Create More Inclusive Work Environments

Women, now more than ever, are speaking up about their experiences with workplace sexual harassment and misconduct. From Anita Hill speaking to a crowd of Wellesley College about her trauma to employees at big tech firms launching full-blown protests , women and their allies are taking more control over toxic workplace cultures. TIME’S UP Legal fund has been integral in the rise of the #MeToo movement and now its co-founders are tackling workplace culture by launching an anti-harassment training firm, according to Fortune. Roberta Kaplan and Tina Tchen have launched HABIT, which stands for harassment, acceptance, bias and inclusion training, to provide company executives with tools, information and classes to end harassment within the workplace. “It was pretty clear that there wasn’t enough available and willing legal support to represent women who either had claims or to defend them against claims, relating to issues of sexual assault or harassment at work,” Kaplan said to Fortune....

Arriana McLymore

Jun 3, 2019

Nat Geo Cancels Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Star Talk’ Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The National Geographic Channel has pulled Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” show after sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced against the astrophysicist. “When we learned of the allegations and the investigation began (Nov. 30) we opted to stop airing new episodes until the investigation concludes,” a Nat Geo spokesperson told AfroTech. First reported by Variety, the cancelation happened near the beginning of the show’s fifth season.  Three episodes out of a 20 episode order aired in November and more were supposed to air through December. Tyson is accused of sexual misconduct by Bucknell University’s Dr. Katelyn N. Allers and his former assistant Ashley Watson. Allers claims that Tyson groped her at a 2009 event and Watson says that he made inappropriate advances toward her. Tyson has previously received claims of sexual misconduct. In the 1980s musician Tchiya Amet claimed he raped her, according to Variety. Tyson responded to the claims in a December Facebook post . “In any...

Arriana McLymore

Jan 4, 2019