The television journalist Charlie Rose has been accused by eight women of sexual harassment. All of the women worked with Rose at PBS during his career at as a renowned interviewer there. According to the women, Rose groped them, disrobed in front of them and made unwanted sexual advances. According to one of the women, Rose touched her inappropriately while whispering sexually in her ear at a company event.
Less than 24 hours following the investigation, CBS terminated Rose from working with the company as a morning show co-anchor in a position he has held since 2012. The quick action of the president of CBS News in removing Rose shows how quickly companies are now responding to sexual harassment after multiple accusers come forward — especially following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has unfolded over the last several weeks and prompted numerous women to come forward in the “me too” campaign.
According to the CBS news president, Charlie Rose made an important journalistic contribution to the news agency, but a professional and safe workplace is more important to CBS. The president went on to stress that CBS hopes to have a workplace where everyone is able to contribute their best work. In addition to CBS’s rejection of Rose, both Bloomberg and PBS also said that they would not broadcast the journalist’s talk shows.
It’s hoped that the recent developments regarding women coming forward in Hollywood will prompt other women in other occupations to come forward, too. It appears that the American workforce is finally experiencing a sea change — one in which women are not afraid to reclaim their power, report sexual harassment and end this abuse once and for all.
Source: Bononi Law Group LLP, “Employment Discrimination and Harassment,” accessed Nov. 24, 2017