San Diego, CA– Amazon is investigating accusations that actor Jeffery Tambor, star of their original series Transparent, acted inappropriately toward a former assistant. Tambor’s case is the second time in the past few weeks Amazon has investigated allegations of sexual harassment in their entertainment department.
Amazon Investigating Claims of Sexual Harassment Against Transparent Star Jeffery Tambor
A transgendered woman who worked as an assistant for actor Jeffery Tambor in the hit series Transparent accused him of sexual harassment. Actress Van Barnes, 42, wrote in a private Facebook post that the Emmy-award winning actor subjected her to inappropriate behavior when the two worked together during the first season of the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Tambor released a statement “vehemently” denying the allegations and accused his former assistant of being disgruntled. In the statement, Tambor said, “I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”
Barnes worked as a consultant for Transparent and appeared in an episode of “I am Cait,” the now-canceled E! series chronicling the life of Caitlyn Jenner.
The allegations against Tambor are the latest to plague Amazon. In mid-October, chief Roy Price resigned for inappropriate comments he made to the executive producer of The Man of High Castle, Isa Dick Hackett, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hackett accused Price of lewdly propositioning her at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. Amazon investigated the incident shortly after it occurred and said they addressed the allegations with both parties involved. Price stayed with the company until the Weinstein scandal broke last month and he announced his retirement.
Amazon told Deadline that they take any allegations of sexual harassment seriously and are in the early stages of their investigation.
What Are an Employer’s Responsibilities?
So far, Amazon has done the right thing by investigating both incidents. All employers have a duty to investigate any reports of sexual harassment or discrimination they receive. Unaddressed sexual harassment is damaging to a workplace and can escalate into more troubling behaviors like sexual assault.
Employers who don’t investigate and reprimand the harasser face legal repercussions. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can levy an employer with exorbitant fines and force them to develop new harassment training policies and procedures.
Ignoring sexual harassment also puts an employer at risk of being sued. Victims of harassment, discrimination or retaliation can seek compensation for their damages. Your San Diego employer should take your allegations seriously and launch an immediate investigation. They can investigate a complaint themselves or turn to a third party, like a sexual harassment lawyer.
If you are being discriminated against or are being sexually harassed, USAttorneys can connect you with an employment lawyer in California to discuss if you are eligible for compensation. You can count on our dedicated and professional team of lawyers to stand up for your rights and recover a generous settlement on your behalf.