NOW accuses David Letterman of creating ‘toxic’ work environment

Last week, we discussed why David Letterman could face a hostile work environment lawsuit.  On the same day, the National Organization for Women (NOW) released a statement from its president, Terry O’Neill, in which she “calls on CBS to recognize that Letterman’s behavior creates a toxic environment and to take action immediately to rectify this situation.”

O’Neill claims that Letterman’s abuse of power has led to a hostile work environment at The Late Show.  “In the case of Letterman, he is a multi-million dollar host of one of the most popular late-night shows; in that role, he wields the ultimate authority as to who gets hired, who gets fired, who gets raises, who advances, and who does entry-level tasks among the Late Show employees. As “the boss,” he is responsible for setting the tone for his entire workplace — and he did that with sex. In any work environment, this places all employees — including employees who happen to be women — in an awkward, confusing and demoralizing situation.”

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