Title: Former Employee Wins Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Robert De Niro’s Company
In a recent trial, Robert De Niro’s company, Canal Productions, has been found liable in a gender discrimination case filed by former employee Graham Chase Robinson. Although De Niro himself was not held accountable, the jury determined that Canal Productions must compensate Robinson for non-monetary and monetary damages, amounting to $1,264,285.72.
The trial also revealed that Canal Productions was guilty of gender discrimination and retaliation, resulting in an additional payment of $632,142.86 to Robinson. However, the jury cleared Robinson of any wrongdoing in relation to breach of fiduciary duty and loyalty during her employment at Canal.
Originally, Robinson had filed a $12 million lawsuit against De Niro and Canal Productions, alleging gender discrimination and retaliation. In response, she was countersued for $6 million for supposedly misusing company resources by transferring frequent flier miles and charging personal expenses. The jury’s final decision favored Robinson, vindicating her claims.
Robinson’s lawyer expressed satisfaction with the outcome, emphasizing that his client had been proven right. Meanwhile, De Niro’s lawyer acknowledged that the verdict was fair as far as De Niro himself was concerned, but refrained from commenting on Canal Productions’ intentions to appeal.
Throughout the trial, Robinson accused De Niro of engaging in discriminatory behavior, employing gendered language, and assigning tasks outside of her job description. She alleged that, despite her official title, she was primarily assigned clerical duties and treated as De Niro’s “office wife.” Ultimately, these factors led to her resignation in 2019, following conflicts with De Niro’s girlfriend over townhouse renovations.
Robinson also disclosed a pay discrepancy between herself and a male colleague, further highlighting the gender discrimination within the company. In addition to her grievances, Robinson claimed that De Niro and his team retaliated against her by refusing to provide recommendation letters, withholding severance pay, and instilling a fear for her future career prospects in the entertainment industry.
The case shed light on the pervasive issue of gender discrimination within the workplace, even within the entertainment industry. As the #MeToo movement continues, more individuals are speaking out against these injustices and demanding accountability from those in positions of power.
As Canal Productions faces the consequences of this trial, it remains to be seen whether the company will contest the verdict or take steps to rectify the issues highlighted during the legal proceedings.
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