Insiders say departure linked to Pisano review
In the second departure of a key exec this week, Linda Shick has left her post as national director of human resources at the Screen Actors Guild.
SAG reps would not comment on Shick, who cleared out her office Tuesday at SAG headquarters in Hollywood. But insiders believe the move is tied to an intensive review of Guild operations by new CEO Bob Pisano.
Pisano launched a sweeping reorg of SAG’s exec structure this week, with longtime finance director Gerald Wilson announcing his retirement.
Shick, who was not available for comment, has overseen a full-time staff of about 400 for several years. Earlier this year, she was accused in a wrongful termination lawsuit of “frequent” use of the word “boy” to Asian-American exec Peter Nguyen in the affirmative action department.
The suit, in which Nguyen sued SAG and top execs John McGuire and Leonard Chassman, alleged that a group of SAG minority employees had called for Shick’s dismissal earlier this year.
“We cannot trust or confide in our human resource personnel,” the employees said in a letter to the national board. “Confidentiality has been broken on many occasions from the Director of Human Resources and her subordinates.”
Nguyen claimed he was harassed and passed over for jobs by senior staff because he is Asian-American, then fired on trumped-up charges in retaliation for pursuing inhouse discrimination allegations and opposing affirmative action budget cuts.
Other former SAG minority employees who have sued the Guild for alleged wrongful termination this year are former business rep Ray McCoy Daniels Jr., who is African-American; former Affirmative Action chief Patricia Heisser Metoyer, who is African-American; and former contracts administrator Kelley Langford, who is of African-American and Polynesian descent.