A former executive from the Disney Channel, Jocelyn McDowell, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, the Disney Channel, after alleging she was fired after when she reported a sexual harassment claim against her boss. The suit claims that McDowell and two of her coworkers were the target of Jimmy Blackburn’s “sexist and inappropriate remarks.”
The suit goes on to say that Blackburn made multiple inappropriate comments towards the women when discussing plans for an upcoming meeting. Some of the comments that Blackburn is reported as saying is “You are not my best presenter, but you are attractive so it will help you in that room,” and, “Why are you not wearing heels today?”
Once McDowell reported the alleged comments, she reports Blackburn as telling her, “I will have your job by the end of the day,” and, “No one does this to me.” The suit also states that McDowell was demoted and eventually fired. She was offered a position on another team where she “no longer was able to brief senior executives in the company.”
McDowell presented the incidents to senior management for the Disney Channel which later came back around to Blackburn. Once he had word that McDowell was in touch with senior management, the suit claims he threw a “temper tantrum” in an effort to prevent other victims from coming forward.
Human resources for the Disney Channel launched an investigation into Blackburn and concluded that he acted with “inappropriate conduct.” However, he was not fired as he was not in violation of the law or Disney’s harassment policies. Blackburn only got off with a warning.
McDowell states that Blackburn is still retaliating against her sexual harassment claims. He has reportedly not former co-workers not to communicate with her. She goes on to state that multiple other Disney executives have done nothing.
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