TIME’S UP Responds to PBS-Smiley Verdict: Another Jury Believes the Women


Today, a jury in Washington, D.C. ordered former talk show host Tavis Smiley to pay his former employer PBS $1.5 million for sexually harassing his subordinates and violating the terms of his employment contract. In support of PBS’s case, six former employees, who chose to remain anonymous, testified to a pattern of sexual harassment and retaliation by Smiley. 

In response, Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Foundation, responded with the following statement:

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the six women who bravely spoke out about their experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of Tavis Smiley. Because of their voices and determination, and PBS’s fight against harassment, today another jury believed the women and reinforced their right to a safe and dignified workplace in a history-making verdict.

“We hope that all workers will take some comfort in the message this verdict sends on the heels of the verdict in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial: we are moving ever closer toward a world in which survivors will be believed, and perpetrators can be held accountable.”

TIME’S UP Foundation

The TIME’S UP™ Foundation insists upon safe, fair, and dignified work for all by changing culture, companies, and laws. We enable more people to seek justice through the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund™. We pioneer innovative research driving toward solutions to address systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace through the TIME’S UP Impact Lab. And we reshape key industries from within so they serve as a model for all industries. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.