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Days ago, advocates at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) made an official request to California and federal agencies to investigate Hollywood hiring practices for potential bias against women directors.

Specifically, the ACLU has sent letters to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance (among other agencies). These letters are urging authorities to take an in-depth look at the hiring practices of major Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies for their allegedly rampant discrimination against female directors.

ACLU Cites Examples of Hollywood Gender Discrimination

Trusted Los Angeles discrimination attorneys look at the ACLU’s push for an investigation into alleged discrimination against women directors in Hollywood hiring practices.

Trusted Los Angeles discrimination attorneys look at the ACLU’s push for an investigation into alleged discrimination against women directors in Hollywood hiring practices.

To underscore the importance of its request, the ACLU cited various studies and incidents regarding the alleged gender discrimination in Hollywood. Specifically, some of the cited examples included:

  • A USC study that found that only about 2 percent of the top-grossing 100 movies made in 2013 and 2014 had women directors
  • A Directors Guild of America study that found that only about 14 percent of T.V. shows broadcast in 2013 and 2014 had women directors and about 1/3 of all shows aired during this time frame had never hired a female director
  • Reports from about 50 female directors detailing the overt gender discrimination in Hollywood, with some accounts even describing incidents in which producers had specifically told agents “not to send women” for job openings or that “we already hired a woman this season.”

While Hollywood executives have often defended themselves against gender discrimination allegations by claiming that there are just not as many qualified women directors out there, the ACLU has shot down this contention, pointing out that, over the past 10 years, at least 25 percent of the films entered in the Sundance Film Festival have been made by female directors.

Commenting on the ACLU’s unprecedented actions, the director of the ACLU’s Gender and Reproductive Justice Project, Melissa Goodman, has stated:

Women directors aren’t working on an even playing field and aren’t getting a fair opportunity to succeed… gender discrimination is illegal. And, really, Hollywood doesn’t get his free pass when it comes to civil rights and gender discrimination.

What do you think about the ACLU’s request for an investigation? Do agree it’s about time that Hollywood was investigated for alleged gender discrimination in hiring female directors? Share your comments with us on Facebook and Google+.

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Categories: Sex/Gender Discrimination