Harassment in the workplace can be a very messy situation. In this case, there are some women who felt like L.A. Reid’s conduct was terribly inappropriate, and thankfully they’ve decided to act on it. TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli have both opened up about Reid’s situation, and neither of them are surprised at the outcome. It seems like Reid’s conduct was known to be an issue for quite some time in the business, but someone finally had to step up and do something about it.
Just last month the record executive by the name of L.A. Reid stepped down from his position as the chairman of Epic Records. People were skeptical about the move, but once the details came out it became very clear what was going on.
The situation formed because of a claim that was made by one of his female assistants. The claim was alleging “unlawful harassment of an employee,” as Billboard reported.
The sources said that the claims ended up with the company doing a full blown investigation of Reid’s behavior. Reid has run plenty of different music labels including Epic, Universal Music Group’s Island, and Def Jam Records. He’s been a very succesful businessman, but right now his character is the topic of conversation.
The harassment claims said that the victim had to face the treatment on a daily basis. This included inappropriate remarks about her appearance and her clothing and different things that made her feel extremely uneasy. She got so uncomfortable that she decided she wouldn’t be able to work for him any longer.
In a new interview with Billboard, TLC’s T-Boz said that these accusations don’t surprise her in the slightest.
A segment from the interview read: “[Tionne “T-Bonz” Watkins and [Rozonda “Chilli”] Thomas have seen the best and the worst of the music industry, and while they’re not bitter, they’re honest in a way that some of today’s big stars, who thrive on air of opaque mystery, perhaps cannot be. There is, for one, their reaction to Reid’s exit from Epic amid sexual harassment allegations. “I hear more people are coming out saying stuff,” says Watkins, as Thomas buries her face in her hands. ‘I was surprised he was fired, but it didn’t come as a surprise. I don’t wish him anything ill, but surprised? No.”