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The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked state and federal agencies to investigate hiring practices at major Hollywood studios, alleging discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors, reports The New York Times.

On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of major Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies for what the organization described as rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.

“Women directors aren’t working on an even playing field and aren’t getting a fair opportunity to succeed,” said Melissa Goodman, director of the L.G.B.T., Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the A.C.L.U. of Southern California. “Gender discrimination is illegal. And, really, Hollywood doesn’t get this free pass when it comes to civil rights and gender discrimination.”

This is not the first time the industry’s hiring practices have come under the microscope, The Times notes. In the 1960s, the Justice Department found employment discrimination and a settlement was reached, the report says.

Now, in a round of letters sent to the commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the A.C.L.U. detailed statistical and anecdotal evidence of what it calls systemic “overt sex stereotyping and implicit bias.” Should the agencies agree to investigate and then find bias, they might take actions that could include filing legal charges.

We hope the ACLU can effect change in an industry that should be more reflective of the population it serves.

SOURCE: The New York Times | VIDEO CREDIT:NDN

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