I can’t believe any profession would include individuals who think work-related tasks in hotel rooms would be acceptable in the first place.
Obviously, every profession contains sickos and creeps who are going to try to take advantage, so why would one make things even easier for such perverts by doing things like holding job interviews (for actors, that being auditions) in hotel rooms?
NEW YORK (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild on Thursday called for an end to auditions and professional meetings in private hotel rooms and residences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
SAG-AFTRA issued new guidelines that expand the guild’s code of conduct in an effort to curtail sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. SAG is asking producers and executives to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and homes, and is urging its members not to agree to meetings in such “high-risk locations.”
April 13, 2018
SAG-AFTRA is calling for an end to auditions in private hotel rooms or residences, after a spate of sexual harassment allegations against powerful Hollywood figures.
“We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” the union’s president, Gabrielle Carteris, said in a statement.
SAG-AFTRA represents about 160,000 people, including actors, broadcasters and recording artists. (NPR employees are among those represented by the union).
Acting auditions should no longer take place in hotel rooms or homes, the leading US actors’ union has said.
Sag-Aftra, which organises the Screen Actors Guild Awards, has called for an end to the practice “to help protect members from potential harassment”.
Such auditions have “allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors”, Sag’s Gabrielle Carteris said.
The announcement comes in the wake of a slew of sexual harassment allegations against high-profile Hollywood figures.
Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein has been accused of harassing and abusing dozens of young actresses, models and employees.
Many of the alleged incidents are said to have taken place in hotel rooms. Weinstein has denied all allegations of “non-consensual sexual conduct”.
Sag-Aftra’s new Guideline No 1 forms part of a “Four Pillars of Change initiative” to tackle harassment in the workplace.
UK actors’ union Equity released its own report into sexual harassment last month.
Sag-Aftra’s announcement came on the day that two of Weinstein’s accusers appeared at the Women in the World summit in New York.