Investigation

Federal investigators looking into gender discrimination in Hollywood

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepts the Best Documentary Short Subject award for 'A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness' during the 88th Annual Academy Awards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

An ACLU attorney this week shared that federal officials are digging into whether or not gender discrimination in Hollywood is real. The investigation has no timeline and investigators are not required to disclose any results or take action, but ACLU attorney Melissa Goodman is encouraged by it nonetheless.

“Our hope is that they’ll push industry leaders to address the ongoing violations of civil rights women directors in the industry have experienced and are experiencing,” Goodman, director of the LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California, told The Associated Press.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs are the agencies on the case, responding to the ACLU’s request for a review of Tinsletown’s hiring practices and whether gender discrimination plays a role in the lack of female directors. Last year, less than 7 percent of top movies were directed by women.

Read the full story at Talking Points Memo.

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