Producer on U.S. TV show '60 Minutes' sues CBS over gender discrimination

By Helen Coster (Reuters) - An associate producer on CBS current affairs TV show '60 Minutes' filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging gender discrimination and retaliation by the U.S. company after she said she complained about inappropriate conduct by her male boss. In the complaint, filed in New York State Supreme Court against CBS Broadcasting, Cassandra Vinograd said she told company executives that her boss - '60 Minutes' producer Michael Gavshon, 63 - texted her a photo she said made her feel 'disgusted, uncomfortable and scared.' Gavshon said he meant to send the photo to his sister, according to the complaint.

Reuters December 18, 2019 04:10:37 IST
Producer on U.S. TV show '60 Minutes' sues CBS over gender discrimination

Producer on US TV show 60 Minutes sues CBS over gender discrimination

By Helen Coster

(Reuters) - An associate producer on CBS current affairs TV show "60 Minutes" filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging gender discrimination and retaliation by the U.S. company after she said she complained about inappropriate conduct by her male boss.

In the complaint, filed in New York State Supreme Court against CBS Broadcasting, Cassandra Vinograd said she told company executives that her boss - "60 Minutes" producer Michael Gavshon, 63 - texted her a photo she said made her feel "disgusted, uncomfortable and scared." Gavshon said he meant to send the photo to his sister, according to the complaint.

Neither CBS, which is part of ViacomCBS , nor Gavshon could immediately be reached for comment.

According to the complaint, the CBS human resources department conducted an investigation after Vinograd raised the issue with them. They advised her to stay home if she was uncomfortable working with Gavshon, and told her she should meet with Gavshon and try to "work through" things, according to the complaint.

After the investigation, Vinograd was stripped of all work responsibilities, according to the complaint.

CBS executives have been the subject of other sexual harassment allegations in recent years, with anchor Charlie Rose, CBS Corp President Leslie Moonves and "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager being fired from the company or resigning under pressure.

Rose apologised for his "inappropriate behaviour." Fager has denied allegations of sexual harassment.

Moonves has denied any wrongdoing and has described his sexual encounters as consensual. Following reports of the allegations against Moonves, CBS said: "CBS is very mindful of all workplace issues and takes each report of misconduct very seriously."

(Reporting by Helen Coster, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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