For many, being a professional musician is a dream occupation. However, more and more information is being uncovered about the true nature of the music industry. HBO recently released The Idol, which explores the darker side of being a famous musician. The docuseries focuses on sexual harassment, abuse, and manipulation suffered by musicians in pursuit of stardom. The series comes just after former pop sensation R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years for sex trafficking.
Sexual harassment in the music industry is not a new phenomenon. Fortunately, people are beginning to take sexual harassment allegations seriously. If you were sexually harassed, it is important to take action immediately. If you report the sexual harassment to your employer and the problem is not rectified, the next step may be to take legal action in the form of a sexual harassment claim.
Working in the Music Industry is Less Glamorous Than Many Realize
Being a singer, songwriter, music producer, or musician may seem glamourous. However, many people working in the music industry describe the experience as anything but glamourous. Many musicians report being sexually harassed or even sexually assaulted by individuals of power. After years of struggling to “make it,” some sexual harassment victims are afraid that reporting sexual harassment will mean the end of their careers. Unfortunately, sexual harassment usually escalates. It begins with a few comments or seemingly harmless jokes. If the subject of the harassment tolerates the harassment, the perpetrator amplifies his or her behavior. This is why it is so important to speak up the first time someone does or says something that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Steps to Take if You Were Sexually Harassed
If you were the victim of sexual harassment, the first step is to make the perpetrator aware of his or her behavior. Clearly tell the person that his or her actions are inappropriate. If the perpetrator continues, file a sexual harassment complaint according to your employer’s guidelines. Employers have a legal duty to address sexual harassment. If your employer does not take corrective action, you should speak to a lawyer. Your attorney can help you take the next steps.
Individuals who are sexually harassed or retaliated against after making a sexual harassment report may be entitled to damages, including monetary compensation for lost wages.
Contact a DuPage County Sexual Harassment Lawyer
The Wheaton sexual harassment attorneys at MKFM Law know that sexual harassment is prevalent in the music industry. We are committed to protecting sexual harassment victims from further mistreatment and holding perpetrators responsible. Call our office at 630-665-7300 and set up a consultation to learn more.