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2020 Lawsuit: Harvey Levin & TMZ "fostered a culture of misogyny and retaliation"

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I googled "Harvey Levin is a d.óüchę" and this was the first result :typing_keyboard_computer:


It's long so I copied and pasted some highlights, but if you click the link, you can view the full story as well as the court documents 


Tabloid news outlet TMZ fostered a culture of misogyny and retaliation, a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday alleged.

Longtime on-camera talent and producer Bernadette “Bernie” Zilio alleged that, under the direction of founder Harvey Levin, male staff at TMZ–and its associated website TooFab–routinely subjected her and other female colleagues to a toxic and s**ist environment.

“Ms. Zilio, along with her female colleagues, was belittled and abused, held to different and more stringent standards, excluded from business and social interactions in which only male employees participated, denied advancement opportunities, and retaliated against when she resisted the s**ist and misogynistic ways,” the complaint obtained by Law&Crime said.

Describing TMZ’s workplace as a “boys’ club” and “bro fest” with “frat house” culture, Zilio alleges violations of state and federal law.

“The men frequently showed up late to work, left early or sometimes did not show up at all, including on days when there were award shows and all staff was required to be present,” Zilio claimed. “If any of the women ever did the foregoing, they would be scolded loudly.”

The complaint also contained specific claims of abuse and mistreatment by current and former staff–including claims that TooFab’s then-managing editor Joseph Kapsch.

“Kapsch frequently used the terms ‘Dumb,’ ‘Stupid,’ ‘Terrible,’ ‘Useless,’ ‘Worthless,’ and ‘Idiots’ to describe Ms. Zilio and her female colleagues,” the complaint alleged. “After the insults and name calling, Ms. Zilio and her female colleagues frequently went someplace private to cry, for fear that showing their emotions in front of their male boss would only reaffirm his stereotyped view of women.”

And the abuse allegedly didn’t end there.

“Following Ms. Zilio’s termination, Ms. Zilio raised further complaints – this time that her termination was retaliation for having filed internal complaints of discrimination,” the filing goes on. “In response, Respondents threatened Ms. Zilio that they would sue her if she proceeded with her claims and sought to inform the public about her experiences. The message was clear – Respondents were trying to keep her quiet and threatened her with financial ruin if she did not comply. This was obviously intended to intimidate her and dissuade her from seeking justice.”


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