'Mad Men' writer Kater Gordon accuses Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment

'Mad Men' writer Kater Gordon accuses Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment

'Mad Men' writer Kater Gordon accuses Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment

A year later, she was let go from the critically acclaimed drama - and hasn't worked in the industry since.

Writer and show creator Matthew Weiner attends the "Mad Men: Live Read & Series Finale" event in Los Angeles, US, May 17, 2015.

A spokesperson for the showrunner has responded to the accusation by saying he does "not remember" making the comment and that it "does not reflect" the way he deals with colleagues. She chose to quit writing and moved to Palo Alto. "I need this credit. It was extremely satisfying", Gordon said. "I saw no value to speaking out", she said. Weiner won seven Emmys and three Golden Globes for his work on the show, and is now developing the AMC show The Romanoffs. "So I did what I thought women were supposed to do".

The episode Weiner and Gordon co-wrote, "Meditations In An Emergency", went on to win an Emmy. Gordon believed it was a "lose-lose situation", as confronting Weiner would "end her career" and not confronting him would "make it impossible to work with him".

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"It's great to hold certain men accountable for their actions, but that is not going to immediately benefit somebody who's working in retail and is being harassed by someone next to him or her in the workplace", Gordon told The Information.

Along the way, she has to deal with an endless parade of sexually entitled men who see her as just a piece of meat to be used for their own pleasure. "I did my best to play along but couldn't divorce him from the comment, and I lost respect", she said. A few weeks later, however, Weiner fired Gordon on the phone. At first, Gordon said she was "elated" but that as the night wore on, she began to feel "empty", leaving the afterparty early.

Writers Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner accept the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award for "Madmen" onstage during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. She added, "He told me I was bad at everything, from my work in the writers room to on set".

Gordon, who says she was motivated to come forward after allegations were made against film producer Harvey Weinstein, told The Information that she's now forming a non-profit called Modern Alliance to help victims of sexual harassment. "I spent a couple days feeling down and feeling upset and aimless".

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