Talent Manager Apologizes For Sexist Emails: "Completely Inexcusable"

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 12, 2017

Rosette Laursen had requested a day off, specifically for the "A Day Without a Woman" strike on 8 March - a celebration of the value women bring to the modern workplace - when she received the reply which she has now shared to Facebook alongside her former boss' name.

"This might have happened to me on 'A Day Without A Woman, ' but I think many assistants suffer hostile work environments", Laursen wrote. "No bonus for anyone that strikes or leaves early in pilot season".

Both men and women experience verbal abuse, but are afraid to stand up for themselves. I'm an a**hole. If you come back we can play Nazi death camp.

Laursen, not convinced by Einfield's words, replied with "I quit" however was convinced to return to the office stating that while he "could be kind of awful", Einfield "was actually really cool and amusing and nice". Or feed me cabbage and lock me in the shower. Which is sad, because I otherwise liked them.

Laursen's lawyer tried to contact Einfeld for a few months pay after his messages compelled her to quit, but he ignored all of her lawyer's calls, messages, e-mails and letters, so Laursen posted Einfeld's messages on Facebook. "However, sometimes he was actually really cool and amusing and nice. He even bought me a really hilarious Jurassic Park Christmas sweater", Rosette wrote. "The point of this article isn't to humanize Jorkle for you, but that's the truth, he isn't all bad".

And that's why it's harder to get out of these situations. But no one is.

A true mensch if I ever knew one.

Rosette revealed she eventually quit, but felt compelled to highlight Michael's despicable conduct, writing: "It felt wrong to let another unknowing assistant wander into the position with the possibility that they will also be deemed an uppity selfish c*** who should have her vagina sewn shut". "If he has gotten away with it for this long, then there are probably countless similar situations in the entertainment industry that go unmentioned".

After Rosette chose to pursue legal action, Michael reportedly "ignored every letter, phone call and email from the lawyer, essentially refusing to settle privately".

Jorkle did give Rosette an apology although a rather unconvential one. I was letting off steam I didn't mean to hit reply all.

Because the next step was to take the case to court - where the emails would become public, anyway - Rosette chose to, instead, drop the case and share the emails to social media in hopes that the story would be shared. "Since the money is not important to me, I made a decision to skip the trial, and make the emails public with this delightful essay". "Let's say no to the Jorkles of the world". I used language that was tasteless, humourless and completely inexcusable. "I believe deeply in workplace diversity regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation, and I am mortified that the things I have said have worked against my commitment to inclusion".

Ms Laursen added that the "response. shouldn't have surprised me considering my past exchanges with him", but described the email as the "final straw".

"I will be undertaking some obviously needed introspection, and want to thank those of you who have expressed a willingness to standby me", he continued. "Good riddance. But it didn't feel right that I was out of a job and there were no consequences for [my boss's] inappropriate vernacular". Again, to everyone - I am sorry. If this is something you are willing to hear from me in person please call, or send me a note and I'll call you. I am devastated, and hope in time you will consider giving me the chance to earn your forgiveness.

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