2022-05-28

The Free Speech Coalition Director Michelle LeBlanc resigned,Effective Immediately


Los Angeles. It is well-known the corporate protocol, for a person such as Michelle LeBlanc, the former Executive director of the FSC. That would be to have her resignation letter accepted with some intercession period. Arguably what is not all common here, is for that Resignation letter to be accepted and made “effective Immediately”. The fact is, this is how it was announced today. “Effective Immediately” This is how someone is let go at Mcdonald’s, Just ask for their resignation letter and HR does the rest. Hope I am mistaken.

“The past few years have been some of the most challenging in our history, and we are grateful for Michelle’s wisdom, strength, and leadership during her tenure,” said Jeffrey Douglas, FSC Board Chair. “Thanks to the work of Michelle and her team, FSC is a stronger, more efficient organization than it was three years ago. I and the rest of the Board understand her decision and wish her well.”

LeBlanc became Executive Director in the fall of 2019, and was soon confronted with the COVID pandemic. Under her guidance, FSC and PASS developed industry-specific protocols to keep the industry safe, and serve as a model for other industries faced with the challenge of employee testing. During her time at FSC, LeBlanc also helped guide the industry through the challenge of AB5 and the new Mastercard regulations, and spurred the development of a grievance process for performers and crew. In June 2021, FSC hired federal lobbyists to help confront growing legislative threats in Congress.

“This has been a challenging and rewarding experience,” said LeBlanc. “I’m honored by the welcome I received from all of you and deeply value the knowledge and insight I have gained about sex work and the important fight this industry faces. While it is time for me to move on from FSC, I am confident in the ability of the team, the Board, the businesses and the workers to continue this fight.”

Excellent choice as we wish a smooth transition for The Free Speech Coalition and Alison Boden. Whoever is permanently positioned, we should be supportive. The industry can be an energy vampire at times. It can drain a person ultimately. We should all support the FSC



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