Bill Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry Awaits Governor’s Signature

Thursday, August 30, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – With strong bipartisan support, the state legislature on Wednesday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill that could combat sexual harassment and eating disorders in the entertainment industry.

AB 2338 authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, passed the Assembly floor with overwhelming bipartisan support late Wednesday night. The bill would require talent agencies to make educational materials on sexual harassment prevention, retaliation, nutrition, and eating disorders available to its artists. For minors entering the entertainment industry, the bill would require that they and their parents or legal guardian receive training in these areas.

The entertainment industry is plagued with cases of sexual abuse and misconduct with no system currently in place to empower artists with information and resources should they encounter instances of misconduct. AB 2338 will help proactively address these issues by giving artists the information necessary to both prevent and properly report abuse.

“We’ve heard too many stories of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry with disastrous impacts for victims. We also know that just as talent struggles to maintain a certain body image, young girls and boys are impacted by these distorted images of perfection,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine. “This legislation strives to correct the industry’s bad habits and its impacts on society.”

With its provisions dealing with eating disorders, the bill addresses an overemphasis on weight loss and body image that has long plagued the fashion industry.

"Models face tremendous pressures to meet rigid and often unrealistic appearance ideals. Subscribing to these pressures can lead to dangerous weight control and disordered eating behaviors. Like all workers, models deserve the right to work in safe environments where they do not need to risk their wellbeing to pay their bills. We appreciate Assemblymember Levine's support to help create safer work environments,” said Kristen Snow, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Eating Disorders Association.

The bill now awaits a signature from Governor Brown.

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Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties