The staff of the Disney Animation Studios will meet Thursday for what is being called a “Day of Listening.”
This unprecedented gathering will have a handful of human-resources professionals facilitate a discussion of workplace concerns. Sources are speculating that this “Day of Listening” is to gage the temperature of the staff when it comes to John Lasseter and his potential return from what is being called an six-month sabbatical. Although, it is also believed by many that Lasseter will not be returning to the studio.
In November Lasseter took a leave of absences for what he referred to as “painful” conversations and unspecified “missteps” in a memo to staff. Insiders say that “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes,” was par for the course with Lasseter.
According to sources, Pixar held a similar event several years ago where grievances about Lasseter’s behavior were expressed.
Disney declined to comment on this upcoming event, but an unnamed source has described the “Day of Listening” as part of a frequent effort to engage with employees.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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