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Study shows women, minorities, LGBT community underrepresented in Hollywood

A new study, titled The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity, showed that movies and television shows produced by major media companies in Hollywood are “whitewashed,” and that an “epidemic of invisibility” is prevalent top to bottom throughout the industry for women, minorities, and the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community.

The study focused on 109 movies released by major studios (including art-house divisions) in 2014 and non-reality TV and digital series across 31 networks and streaming services that were aired between September 2014 and August 2015.

Over 11,000 speaking characters were studied for gender, racial and ethnic representation, and LGBT status. Diversity among 10,000 directors, writers, and show creators, and around 1,500 executives was also examined.

The study showed that women, minorities, and people belonging to the LGBT community are underrepresented no matter the media platform or position within the entertainment industry, from chief executive officers to minor characters in films and television shows.

Sadly, this is only one representation of discrimination that is present in the American workforce. If you believe that you have been discriminated against at your place of employment or at a potential place of employment, find out what legal options are open to you by contacting the Austin employment attorneys of The Melton Law Firm today at (512) 330-0017.

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