Women’s Group on Les Moonves’ Departure from CBS

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Women’s Group on Les Moonves’ Departure from CBS


Statement from Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a leading women’s advocacy organization that has called on CBS’ Board of Directors to fire Les Moonves for cause and refuse to pay severance to a sexual abuser:


“News that Les Moonves’ will be leaving CBS is a victory for the courageous women who came forward and shared their stories of harassment and abuse.  This is proof that the era where powerful men abused and harassed women without consequence is starting to come to an end, and a testament to the enduring strength and power of the #MeToo movement.


“With hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, it is critical that CBS’ Board of Directors stop dancing around the investigation into Moonves’ actions and make sure that any process for reviewing Moonves’ decades of misconduct is real, transparent and independent. That investigation should be expanded to include not just Moonves’ actions, but a review of the culture he created at CBS.


“CBS has failed before. Jeff Fager, an executive producer at 60 minutes remains at work despite multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against him.


“No one should be forced to work in an environment where sexual harassment and abuse run wild. The norm in corporate America should be that if you abuse women, you lose your job and your golden parachute. CBS should do better.”


In July, UltraViolet called on CBS’ Board of Directors to fire Les Moonves.  In the past months, UltraViolet has:


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UltraViolet is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at weareultraviolet.org