More than 300 women—including lawyers Anita Hill, Roberta Kaplan, Nina Shaw and Christina Tchen—are launching
a campaign and a related legal defense fund designed to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
A group of 300 women across the entertainment industry and elsewhere have come together to fight allegations of systematic workplace sexual harassment in a new initiative dubbed Time’s Up.
Part of the initiative’s goals is the establishment of a legal defense fund to be spearheaded by Christina “Tina” Tchen, who joined Buckley Sandler in October after serving as chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, and prominent former Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigator Roberta Kaplan, who hung her own shingle last summer. The defense fund will help individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct find legal representation.
The National Women’s Law Center, which will administer the defense fund, will also help subsidize the costs for lawyers and communications professionals representing individuals who have experienced sexual harassment, abuse or assault during their careers. So far the fund has raised more than $13 million from over 200 donors, including actresses Jennifer Aniston and Meryl Streep, author and producer Shonda Rhimes and other agencies and organizations.
Other lawyers working with Kaplan and Tchen in making Time’s Up a reality are Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll of counsel Anita Hill in Washington, D.C., who was recently tapped to chair a newly formed commission looking at sexual harassment in Hollywood, and Nina Shaw, a high-profile entertainment lawyer and diversity advocate who works at Los Angeles-based Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.
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