Readers who follow California's entertainment industry could be interested to learn that a crew member on the CBS drama series "Criminal Minds" has filed a lawsuit against CBS Corp., ABC Studios, Warner Bros. and others over sexual harassment and battery claims. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
According to the court filing, the plaintiff, a camera operator on the series, claims that he has been subjected to a series of sexual harassment and battery incidents by his supervisor, the director of photography, since he began working on the show in 2011. He alleges that his boss inappropriately touched his body in a sexual manner fairly often for years. He also claims that his boss repeatedly screamed at him, threatened to have him fired or demoted on a regular basis and prevented him from being promoted. He further contends that other employees on the series were wrongfully fired after reporting similar incidents by the same individual.
The plaintiff has asked for a jury trial and is seeking unspecified damages for assault, discrimination, retaliation and infliction of emotional distress. CBS Corp. and ABC Studios have not yet made any public comments about the lawsuit.
Sexual harassment can take many forms, including unwanted sexual advances, lewd comments, inappropriate touching and the display of sexually explicit materials. Employees who are subjected to sexual harassment could turn to an employment attorney for advice. The attorney could review the situation and explain how to document incidents of harassment. This information could then be used to file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.