In an explosive piece published this week, a former CBS executive who parted ways with the company in February details what she describes as a “toxic work environment” at the network.
In the in-depth piece published Tuesday by Variety, Whitney Davis, who was director of entertainment diversity and inclusion at the time she left CBS, describes being disappointed in the investigation that was prompted by allegations against former CEO Leslie Moonves.
“Last fall, when sexual-misconduct allegations against then-CEO Leslie Moonves prompted an outside investigation into the CBS workplace culture, I assumed that all forms of discrimination would be delved into,” Davis writes, adding: “I was eager to tell my story and grateful that two independent law firms were brought in to conduct interviews with several hundred employees. By sharing my experience, I hoped to shed desperately needed light on the truth that CBS, sadly, doesn’t value a diverse workplace.”
Davis describes a “heart-wrenching two-hour interview” with six attorneys from the investigating firms, in which she says she “talked about a workplace fraught with systemic racism, discrimination and sexual harassment.”
“My understanding was that there would be follow-up and long-awaited reforms as their discovery continued,” Davis writes. “Yet I heard nothing again from investigators, and soon saw that their report had been leaked to the media before the board had reviewed its findings. I immediately called the CBS investigation hotline, which, via a recorded message, told me the inquiry was now closed. It was then that I realized what I had long tried to ignore — CBS has a white problem.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Variety to read White’s detailed account of her experiences, along with responses from CBS and others.