TMZ Is Being Sued Over Sexism Allegations by Former Employee

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Bernadette Zilio, a former employee of TMZ and its sister site TooFab, is accusing the outlets of firing her after she complained of sexism.

Bernadette reportedly described the work environment as “100 percent a bro fest” and a “[f]reaking frat house” in court papers she filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She added that her female colleagues were “belittled and abused, held to different and more stringent standards … denied advancement opportunities, and retaliated against when [they] resisted the sexist and misogynistic ways.”

Furthermore, Bernadette claims she was fired in February after complaining to the HR department, which promised to investigate. She was allegedly let go a few days afterward.

Bernadette’s attorneys said in a statement to Page Six that “Ms. Zilio’s experience demonstrates the exact opposite approach at Warner Bros. and EHM Productions, where Ms. Zilio was shunned after she first complained, fired after she complained a second time, and then threatened if she dared to speak publicly about her experiences.”

Dang. Well, perhaps this could be the beginning of a new conversation about sexism in the media?!