Late Night With Jimmy Fallon star is facing a sexual discrimination lawsuit by a former male employee. Paul Tarascio, a veteran stage manager for Fallon, who worked 14 years on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, claims he was demoted after a show executive told him that “Jimmy just prefers to take direction from a woman.” This case represents a continuing trend where men are becoming more comfortable in asserting their employment rights in the workplace. If you have been sexually discriminated against or suffered from workplace harassment, call (800) 893-9645 to speak with our team of Employment Discrimination Attorneys and learn your workplace rights.
Tarascio filed a sexual discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR) alleging he was demoted from first stage manager to second stage manager in July 2009, and subsequently fired and replaced by a less qualified woman. Tarascio alleged that NBC failed to investigate his internal complaints of sex discrimination.
Given the increased awareness of gender discrimination and workplace harassment, men are less hesitant to complain about being discriminated against because of their sex. The Jimmy Fallon case and other similar cases are no surprise and will inevitably rise. In fact, the EEOC recently filed a case, EEOC v. Tidewater Plastering and Drywell Co., Inc where a male construction worker claimed that his foreman sexually harassed him and told him he would lose the next job if he didn’t sleep with him. Also in the news, in EEOC v. Luxottica Retail, a male employee has accused his employer, Lenscrafters, of ignoring his claims of sexual harassment because he is a man.
According to the EEOC, from 1990 to 2009, the percentage of sexual harassment claims filed by men doubled from 8 percent to 16 percent of all claims. A majority of these charges filed by males involve allegations of males harassing other males. One of the factors contributing to this rise may be the that twice as many men as women have lost their jobs since 2008. Given the recent economic downturn and changes in how society views men, more and more men are complaining about being treated differently as well as not having the same opportunities as women. Another issue on the rise is men who are not given the same time off as women to take care of children or an ill family member.
In this day and age, equal opportunity and equal employment refers to both men and women regarding all aspects of employment. Call (800) 893-9645 to discuss your case with our employment law attorneys, who have prosecuted and defended many cases of gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
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