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Hollywood Harassment Guidelines Set by Producers Guild of America

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The Producer's Guild of America issued guidelines to its members to prevent sexual harrassment in Hollywood.  (Christian Heinz/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 19 January 2018 05:32 PM

Hollywood harassment guidelines were released Friday by the Producers Guild of America ahead of its awards show Saturday.

The guidelines were the initial recommendations of a task force created in October when sexual harassment scandals began to sweep through Hollywood, resulting in dozens of producers and actors being accused of harassment, mistreatment, and sexual assault of women working there, Variety reported.

The guidelines were unanimously ratified by the Producers Guild's board of directors on Wednesday. The guild has mor than 8,000 members representing producers in film, television, and new media, The Washington Post reported.

“Producers really do set the tone on sets,” PGA co-president Gary Lucchesi told Variety. “I do think that if something wrong happened now, many of our members would step in.”

The guidelines include a definition of what constitutes harassment and assault and the directive to provide in-person sexual harassment training for cast and crew members before the start of each new production and before the start of filming for each new season of ongoing productions, Deadline reported. Training is to cultivate a respectful environment rather than just focusing on legal liability.

The guidelines also cover reporting procedures and the suggestion of designating individuals of different genders to which cast or crew members can report concerns or incidents, Deadline reported. Listening to reports of harassment with attention and empathy is also a guideline, while producers are also cautioned not to “predetermine guilt,” Deadline reported.

A Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Inclusion in the Workplace was formed last month within the PGA and will be led by Anita Hill, who famously accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, Deadline reported.

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