Residents of Lemoyne, PA, might be interested to know that a recent article from the Hollywood Reporter reported that workplace discrimination is still present today. Although there have been steady gains in the entertainment industry, the hiring of women and minority writers still has much to be accomplished.
The Writers Guild of America West Committee of Black Writers wrote an open letter to the industry in which they challenged hiring practices and diversity. It was published in the Hollywood Reporter as a demand for change in the following days of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Although some black TV writers have been successful, they are still underpaid, are denied jobs and find rejection from writers rooms because of a lack of experience. A revolutionary way of hiring needs to be implemented.
They want the practice of hiring from “exclusive lists” to be abolished and the circle of black writers increased, even if there are fewer at present. Black writers need to be part of the entertainment industry, they stressed.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age. However, workplace discrimination is still present, as evidenced by this article.
It can be subtle, such as hiring from a certain segment of the population, as stated by the Black Writers Guild. In a situation where there is discrimination in hiring or in the workplace environment, an attorney versed in employment law should be consulted.
Employers can also become aware of fair hiring contracts, harassment and the basic rights of employees. Knowing the legalities of fair hiring and firing practices is important to employers and the business. An experienced attorney can be helpful in making the workplace free of discrimination.