Female Employees Detail Experiences With Sexism at ESPN


The ESPN logo is seen on an electronic display in Times Square in New York City, U.S., August 23, 2017.

ESPN houses a culture of sexism and hostility toward women, according to a report by the Boston Globe.

The reported harsh and unfair treatment of women at ESPN includes employees who are pregnant.

When revelations of Barstool Sports' reputation came to light, ESPN President John Skipper abruptly canceled a jointly produced program called "Barstool Van Talk".

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, where Lawrence filed her complaint, told the paper that Lawrence requested her complaint be released so she could sue in federal court. She says she's personally received unwanted touching from a male colleague and has heard another rating female employees' bodies.

Adrienne Lawrence, who worked at ESPN in 2015 on a racial diversity fellowship, claims Buccigross has been known to send her unsolicited shirtless selfies.

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The network also released screenshots of text messages between Buccigross and Lawrence in an attempt to show they "had a consensual, personal friendship that spanned months".

"We conducted a thorough investigation and found these claims to be entirely without merit".

In response to the Globe story, ESPN said that it takes sexual harassment issues seriously, pointing to the fact that it recently suspended radio hosts Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis after they were accused of sexually harassing an employee at NFL Network. According to the women, the problems were most often from those who had been with the network for some time.

Reporter Jenn Abelson wrote an article for The Globe, and spoke to about two dozen current and former staffers, Business Insider Reports.

"I am grateful to the Boston Globe for sharing some of our experiences at ESPN in hopes of making change, letting others know they're not alone, and helping create an atmosphere in which women in sports too may come forward without rebuke or retaliation". Numerous accusations against the network concern pregnancies and maternity leave, with current and former employees saying motherhood was followed by pay cuts and layoffs.

In perhaps the most extreme case, one anchor did her scheduled broadcast while having a miscarriage to prove her commitment. Lawrence also said ESPN retaliated against her by denying her a permanent position at the network, although ESPN denies she was ever guaranteed such a position.