A good number of women writers in Hollywood said that they had faced sexual harassment at some point in their careers in film and television.
In a recent survey conducted by the Los Angeles-based Writers Guild of America West, 64 per cent of women writers said that they had faced sexual harassment at work.
According to reports, the survey interviewed more than 2,000 WGAW members, male and female, and found that “a significant amount of the harassment writers experience occurs in the writers’ room.” Eleven percent of male writers in the guild said that they had experienced sexual harassment at work, and the survey found that “many more writers have witnessed harassment.”
The WGAW reportedly sent the results of the survey in a memo to guild members on May 22. The memo emphasized an “aim to ensure a respectful culture with zero tolerance for bullying, harassment and assault,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“While the Guild is not the employer, that does not exclude us from also addressing this as a union,” the memo read. “We are exploring the possibility of a series of member conversations about standards for a successful writing room. By proscribing sexual and other harassment among writers, these standards would enable all the writers in the room to fully participate, rather than being alienated by treatment no one should have to experience. These conversations would also address situations that arise for screenwriters, MOW writers and series writers in professional meeting settings.”