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ESPN Sexism: Network Criticized for Treatment of Women

ESPN Sexism: Network Criticized for Treatment of Women
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By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 01:51 PM

ESPN houses a culture of sexism and hostility toward women, according to a report by the Boston Globe.

The sports network has been entangled in numerous sexual misconduct lawsuits and scandals but it has now emerged that several male employees or men affiliated to ESPN are facing complaints of harassment, Fox News said.

The network's recent partnership with a blog website notoriously viewed as sexist to prompted various current and former employees to come forth and speak out about sexual misconduct in the office, Fox News said.

ESPN canceled its new program with Barstool Sports after airing just one episode in an effort to distance itself from the widely criticized men's blog, but discontent was already bubbling under the surface.

The Globe interviewed about two dozen current and former employees, and a grim picture of locker room culture began to emerge, where women received unwanted sexual propositions from male colleagues, were touched inappropriately and had their looks openly rated.

The report highlights how some women tried to conceal their pregnancies and felt pressure to shorten their maternity leave to keep their position at the company and one anchor even allegedly continued her broadcast while having a miscarriage to show her commitment to her job.

The Boston Globe noted that several women were given less desirable positions or laid off after taking maternity leave.

According to USA Today, Adrienne Lawrence, who filed a complaint against ESPN this year, said the company "failed to address its deeply ingrained culture of sexism and hostile treatment of women."

Lawrence has accused ESPN veteran anchor, John Buccigross, of sending her photos of himself shirtless and of spreading false rumors about being involved in a sexual relationship with her.

Her complaints were allegedly ignored by ESPN and resulted in her receiving fewer on-air shifts and ultimately being denied a permanent position.

Katina Arnold, an ESPN Spokeswoman said on Thursday that the sports channel worked hard to "maintain a respectful and inclusive culture at ESPN."

She added that "it is always a work in progress, but we're proud of the significant progress we've made in developing and placing women in key roles at the company in the board room, in leadership positions throughout ESPN and on air."

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