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After ‘Predator’ controversy, we look at the intersection of workplace safety and equal opportunity

Actress Olivia Munn arrives on the red carpet for the Oscars on Feb. 28.
Actress Olivia Munn arrives on the red carpet for the Oscars on Feb. 28.
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Ahead of the release of the upcoming Predator sequel, “The Predator,” star Olivia Munn flagged that an actor she shared a scene with, Steven Wilder Striegel, was a registered sex offender.

The film is out in theaters this Friday. Fox Studios responded by cutting the actor’s scene from the and denied knowledge of Striegel's criminal history. The film's director, Shane Black, a personal friend of Striegel, was aware of his status. Black has issued an apology for bringing Striegel on board and Munn has stopped press promotions for the film. But the production’s choices regarding Striegel beg the question of how employers can balance the “Ban the Box” initiative while protecting their employees from potential harm?

What are the employment standards regarding registered sex offenders under California’s Fair Choice Act? Where does an employer draw the line between equal opportunity and creating a safe working environment?


Robert Eassa, chair of the employment law group at Duane Morris LLP in San Francisco; his expertise includes discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination in the area of employment