ACLU to Meet With Government Agencies Over Gender Bias in Directing

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An ACLU official said Monday that the group will meet with federal and state officials next month.

Two federal agencies and a department of California’s state government have agreed to meet with the American Civil Liberties Union next month to discuss the organization’s call for an investigation into allegations that Hollywood systematically discriminates against women directors, an ACLU official said Monday.

Melissa Goodman, director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California, said her team will meet with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office for Contract Compliance Programs to discuss the ACLU’s demands that authorities investigate what it charges is systemic exclusion of qualified women directors from film and television projects.

The governmental agencies previously only have acknowledged receiving the ACLU request, so a meeting to discuss specifics represents an important step forward in what the civil liberties advocates hope will result in a federal investigation into the situation of women directors and the formulation of some sort of remedy with continuing governmental oversight of compliance.

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