‘Criminal Minds’ producers settle harassment case for $3 million

Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC Signature has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit from the California Civil Rights Division that alleged sexual harassment and retaliation on the set of the CBS police drama “Criminal Minds,” certainly one of TV’s longest-running sequence.

The division’s lawsuit, filed in Could 2020, alleged that over 14 years, Gregory St. Johns, director of images for the sequence, “used his position of power to create an unchecked hostile work environment in which he subjected production crew members to frequent sexual harassment, including touching and caressing numerous employees.”

The CRD, in an announcement issued final week, mentioned that ABC Signature would additionally revise and distribute insurance policies to all reveals produced by the unit and take different steps to make sure there aren’t any unaddressed complaints of harassment and retaliation on set. Moreover, the corporate will report on compliance yearly to the division.

“Crew members courageously came forward to assert their right to make a living free from sexual harassment,” CRD Director Kevin Kish mentioned in an announcement. “No matter the industry, workplace setting, or gender of the employees, companies must address credible complaints of harassment and retaliation and take action against harassers.”

A consultant for ABC Signature declined to remark.

The swimsuit named Walt Disney Co., ABC Signature Studios Inc., CBS Studios Inc., St. Johns and members of the manager manufacturing staff of the tv sequence as defendants.

In response to the swimsuit, St. Johns “doted on certain men and treated them more favorably, provided they acquiesced to his attention. To those who resisted, he retaliated in common patterns, including the silent treatment, social ostracism, unfair criticism, public shaming and ultimately termination.”

The lawsuit additionally claimed that the manager manufacturing staff had information of and condoned St. Johns’ alleged conduct, “firing over a dozen men who resisted St. John’s harassment,” based on an announcement from the state company.