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 is the industry and impact arm of TIME’S UP. 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 support industry leaders in shifting the paradigm of workplace culture toward one of safety, equity, and dignity for women of all kinds through TIME’S UP’s industry change initiatives. The TIME’S UP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.