An Important Message from the President

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An Important Message from the President

Dear Member,

We commend the courage and candor of all those who speak out about any aggressive or inappropriate behavior they experience or witness in the industry. In a statement Monday, SAG-AFTRA publicly supported the rights of all men and women to speak out and share their stories.

Everyone has a fundamental right to be treated with dignity and respect at work. There is more to be done by all of us to ensure the safety of those in the industry and to ensure they work in an environment free from sexual harassment, assault and abuse. 

Our union has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy against harassment of its members and others employed under our collective bargaining agreements. If you see something wrong, or believe you are subject to unlawful discrimination or harassment, contact SAG-AFTRA by calling the 24-hour hotline at 844-Safer Set, or the SAG-AFTRA EEO & Diversity Department at (323) 549-6644. 

You can also find contact numbers and a non-emergency number on the back of your membership card and on your member mobile app. 

Use your discretion and if you can say something on the spot, do so, or report it ASAP to the union. You can always report issues anonymously.

Check the SAG-AFTRA Know Your Rights section of the website for more information. Additionally, Women In Film has published a useful resource for female entertainment industry professionals that’s available here.

We stand together. 

Strength in Unity, 

Gabrielle Carteris 


"We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers. We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths can be fully heard. Everyone has the right to work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.

“The behavior alleged on the part of Harvey Weinstein is abhorrent and unacceptable. Unfortunately, it is more prevalent than our industry acknowledges and many times victims are afraid to tell anyone. Those who do come forward empower themselves and others to speak out. We also commend the New York Times for the extraordinary reporting that uncovered and brought to light the allegations in this case.

“We believe that each of us has a fundamental right to be safe in our person and to be treated with dignity and respect at work. There is more to be done by all of us to ensure the safety of women in the industry.

“We operate the SAG-AFTRA Safety Hotline specifically for members to report safety violations including harassment and inappropriate or aggressive behavior.

“If you are being coerced or threatened or simply feel that a situation is not right or is uncomfortable – speak out. We hear you. Call 844-Safer Set, which appears on the back of every member’s card, any time day or night and a dedicated SAG-AFTRA rep will be notified and will help address your concerns.

“We all have the absolute right to be safe at work.”