New York accuses Weinstein Company of rampant breaches of civil, human right laws

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 19, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 11 that his office has filed a lawsuit against The Weinstein Company (TWC), Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein, for allegations of violating civil rights, human rights and business laws in the state.

Schneiderman’s office alleges Harvey Weinstein (HW) exploited and viciously mistreated employees of his company. Additionally, Schneiderman’s office says company executives knew about the misconduct and failed to stop it.

“As alleged in our complaint, The Weinstein Company repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination,” Schneiderman said. “Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched. Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear.”

Handling the case for New York is senior enforcement counsel Howard Master, assistant attorney general Anjana Samant and volunteer assistant attorney general Amanda Addision, all of the Civil Rights Bureau. Investigator Lina Burgos also is working on the case.

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