Gabrielle Union Says 'More Changes Are Needed' After NBC Outlines Plans to Prevent Workplace Harassment
By Zach Seemayer
Gabrielle Union is speaking out once more about NBC. Union took to Twitter on Tuesday to comment on the network's recently revealed plans to address workplace harassment, which she said are a step in the right direction, but don't go far enough.
"Great start by NBC to recognize the need to not turn away & ignore racial & gender discrimination on programs like #AGT," Union tweeted, in response to a report about the network's expanded employee protection plans.
However, Union said that the network needs to do more in the future to protect employees from network leadership, and again claimed that she'd faced intimidation from an unnamed NBC executive.
"More changes are needed however," Union wrote. "Like stopping executives from intimidating talent from sharing their experience of racism in their own workplace investigations."
Great start by NBC to recognize the need to not turn away & ignore racial & gender discrimination on programs like #AGT. More changes are needed however like stopping executives from intimidating talent from sharing their experience of racism in their own workplace investigations https://t.co/A54rXxVkQY
NBCUniversal TV and streaming chairman Mark Lazarus sent out a memo Tuesday detailing the company's move to expand protections for employees against toxic workplace environments on shows produced by NBC and by third-party production companies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The complaint has since been closed, as Union requested an immediate right to sue, which she was granted. The complaint was made after NBC conducted an independent investigation into her claims.
Union told Noah that she "decided to participate" in the investigation to try to accomplish her goals of "change," "treating employees fairly," and holding "the people at the very top accountable," but she says it wasn't conducted as she'd hoped.
"They were like, 'We're going to commission this independent investigation.' Well, silly me. I thought independent was independent, but when NBC and Fremantle and Syco pay for that investigation, they control it," she said. "They turn over what they believe to be inflammatory things, or things that are not advantageous to me, over to the head of NBC, Paul Telegdy, who uses those things that he thinks are smoking guns to shoot down my claims. He then threatens my agent [by saying,] 'Gabrielle better watch who she calls a racist' in the middle of an investigation about racism and discrimination. This is what's happening from the top of the company."
In a previous statement to ET, NBC said that Union's claim of a threat being made against her was "categorically untrue."
"We took Ms. Union's concerns seriously, and engaged an outside investigator who found an overarching culture of diversity on the show. NBCUniversal remains committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect," the statement read.
For more on the ongoing legal drama between Union and NBC, see the video below.