Los Angeles, CA– At one time, The Wonder Years was a wildly popular television about the coming of age of two brothers, Kevin and Wayne Arnold. It gave the viewer a peek into the lives of adolescent brothers in the late 60s and 70s. While there was an air of innocence to the show, a weekend interview with one of the show’s stars indicates that it ended for less than innocent reasons. She claims The Wonder Years was ultimately canceled because the two lead actors were accused of sexual harassment by a female crew member.
Did the Wonder Years Get Canceled Because of a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit?
For six years, between 1988 and 1993, many Americans tuned in to ABC’s The Wonder Years to watch the hi-jinks of Kevin and Wayne Arnold and watch their coming of age. Despite the show’s long run and being voted one of the best TV shows of the 80s by TV Guide, The Wonder Years was canceled after just six seasons. As the actors filmed the season finale, the cast wasn’t sure if they would be back the following season, according to a Vanity Fair report published January 29, 2018. They wouldn’t.
In an interview, actress Alley Mills, who played Norma, the matriarch of the Arnold family, told Yahoo News that she believes the network pulled the plug on the show because of a sexual harassment lawsuit that accused leads Fred Savage, then 16, and Jason Hervey, then 20, of sexual harassment.
The accuser was a 31-year-old costume designer who alleged she could not perform her duties because of the unwanted sexual attention she received from the two young men. Monique Long said in her lawsuit that Savage and Hervey physically and verbally harassed her in 1991 and 1992, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. She said Savage would ask her to have an affair with him and made lewd remarks to her and other women in the crew, Vanity Fair reports.
Long was eventually fired from the show.
The sexual harassment allegations grabbed headlines and embroiled the show in controversy. Mills believes this led to the demise of the show. Although the network, the show’s producers, Hervey and Savage denied the allegations, all parties involved agreed to settle, and Long dropped her suit. Shortly afterward, The Wonder Years was canceled.
Mills also appears to be speculative of the accuser’s allegations, telling the Yahoo that Fred Savage “is, like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the face of the earth.” She said she thought the lawsuit was a “big joke.”
In an email to Yahoo, Long responded to Mills’s interview, telling the news agency she stands by her original lawsuit. She said sexual harassment is widespread in Hollywood and “the rampant prevalence of sexual harassment in the industry is out. It’s an issue of power and control and continues to be!” Long added that Mills’s dismissal of her allegations was one of the reasons women are afraid to come forward with sexual harassment allegations.
Filing a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
If you are the victim of sexual harassment, you may be entitled to compensation for the economic and emotional damages you may have endured. Sexual harassment can include various behaviors, such as making unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate comments or jokes or soliciting a coworker or subordinate employee for dates or sexual relations.
The types of compensation you can seek depends on the severity and pervasiveness of the harassment and the after-effects you have experienced. For instance, if you were fired for filing a sexual harassment claim and are now finding it difficult to find another job, you may be eligible for past and future lost wages. A sexual harassment attorney will be able to determine the types of compensation you can recover.
When you decide to file a sexual harassment lawsuit, you have some difficult decisions to make and have a high-burden of proof. The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to settle your claim or take your complaint to civil court. The course of action you choose could hinge on the next decision you need to make which is whether you should sign a non-disclosure agreement or not?
Non-Disclosure Agreements? To Sign One or Not
The Wonder Years ended over two decades ago, but this is the first time one of the stars has openly discussed the sexual harassment allegations and pointed to the lawsuit as the reason the show was canceled. Mills told Yahoo that the studio imposed a gag order on the crew and said no one was to talk about the lawsuit. Gag orders are common with sexual harassment and discrimination suits because the accused and accusers would rather keep salacious details private.
If you are the victim of sexual harassment and have been offered a settlement, you may be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement as well. Some professional women prefer non-disclosure agreements because they don’t have to tell prospective employers they filed a complaint, and it doesn’t become a hurdle as they try to advance their careers. Some victims of sexual harassment don’t want to sign non-disclosure agreements because they must keep the details secret, allowing the perpetrator to get away with their bad behavior repeatedly.
Whether you agree to a non-disclosure depends on numerous factors and your personal feelings. It is an issue you should discuss with a sexual harassment lawyer before you agree to a gag order. An expert in employment law can explain non-disclosure agreements and help you decide if you should sign one. Call and arrange a case evaluation to discuss the pros and cons of signing a confidentiality agreement with a legal professional. You can also learn the long-term ramifications of signing a non-disclosure agreement.
Call and Speak to a Sexual Harassment Lawyer in California
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