Media| A Former TMZ Host Claims the Gossip Outlet Had a Harmful Work Environment
A previous employee of the gossip outlet TMZ and an associated site submitted a discrimination problem on Tuesday with the federal Equal Work Chance Commission and the California Department of Fair Work and Housing, saying she was wrongfully fired after grumbling about a misogynistic work environment under the leadership of Harvey Levin.
The former staff member, Bernadette Zilio, 27, stated in her problem that she faced discrimination and was threatened with a suit if she went public with her case. Ms. Zilio and her female coworkers described the work environment as a “boys’ club,” a “bro-fest” and a “frat home,” where females were belittled and held to a greater requirement than their male associates, according to the problem.
Ms. Zilio operated at the celebrity-news powerhouse from 2015 to 2020 and functioned as an on-air host of the syndicated program “TMZ on TELEVISION.” In her problem, she called Mr. Levin, Warner Bros., the production business EHM and two male editorial workers.
TMZ and TooFab belong to Warner Bros., the AT&T- owned entertainment business that produces “The Ellen DeGeneres Program,” which just recently ousted three leading producers during an investigation of what was stated to be a toxic workplace.
In a declaration, two legal representatives for Ms. Zilio, David E. Gottlieb and Bryan L. Arbeit, said, “The only method to repair a poisonous work environment is to truly encourage staff members to speak out and offer a truly effective opportunity to raise issues.” They added that Ms. Zilio “was shunned after she first complained, fired after she grumbled a 2nd time and then threatened if she dared to speak openly about her experiences.”
A representative for TMZ and TooFab stated in a statement that Ms. Zilio was fired from the business “because of multiple and documented incidents of plagiarism and inaccurate reporting” and called her grievance “an outright attempt to utilize negative publicity and incorrect claims to require TooFab and TMZ to pay a monetary settlement.” The statement included that TMZ and TooFab would “vigorously” defend the decision to part ways with Ms. Zilio.
Ms. Zilio stated she first complained to the personnels departments of Warner Bros. and EHM in2017 When the workplace did not improve, she grumbled again. She stated she was fired from her task in February. At the time of her departure, the problem says, Warner Bros. and other parties called in her problem threatened to sue her for “substantial liability” if she made her claims public.
Warner Bros. decreased to comment.