" ... [Scott] Rudin is loathed by those who've worked beneath him. He has a reputation as a bully, a megalomaniac, a vulgarian and a sadist." - Maureen Callahan, "The man known as Hollywood's biggest a-hole," in the New York Post, December 14, 2014. Here is the article.
The spotlight has shifted from Scott Rudin as caught in the Sony email hacks to his alleged abusiveness as a boss. Because of the commercial successes he produces, he is, reports Callahan, expected to hold onto his job. His Sony colleague Amy Pascal is not.
In these disruptive times, thought leaders are looking at standard beliefs and behaviors. One that obviously needs to be reviewed is: How much should success cost a human being? Is it worth enduring the alleged abuse by Rudin? Does one entering a glam industry have to make a Faustian bargain with human dignity?
The thought leaders who also leverage the law as an activist tool can frame this as: Why haven't there been more lawsuits, including tons of the class action kinds, against Rudin, et al.?
At one time, the ethos of America was Consumer Beware, Buy at your own risk. Then Ralph Nader rode in. He leveraged everything from his Raiders to out shoddy commercial dealings to the power of legal action. Consumers came to expect a fair deal. When they don't get it now, they'll Yelp, they will go to government agencies, they will file a class-action lawsuit,
There can be a similar paradigm shift in how employees (and we free agents), even the most ambitious, expect to be treated. The best holiday gift we workers of the world can give ourselves is the courage to question what we have to Pay To Play.