After the incident, she was brought on as a full time staff writer.
However, things had changed for Gordon thanks to Weiner’s behavior. Another longtime staff writer, speaking anonymously, told The Information that “I could see her confidence was shaken.” And noted that “It was obvious something had changed.”
Gordon talks about how the incident made it difficult to see her boss in the same light.
“I did my best to play along but couldn’t divorce him from the comment, and I lost respect,” she told the Reporter. It was a few months later that they had their Emmy win and awkward acceptance speech. Gordon says she had a hard time enjoying the night, and even left the after party early.
A few weeks after her Emmy win, she was fired over the phone by Weiner.
“He told me I was terrible at everything, from my work in the writers room to on set.” she told the website. Which must be a strange thing to hear from your boss just weeks after accepting the highest award your industry bestows.
Gordon says the experience put her off writing, and the Entertainment industry in general.
Her sudden departure from the show had everyone talking, and instead of answering questions about it, she left Hollywood. She now lives in Palo Alto, where she is working to set up a non-profit for victims of sexual harassment called Modern Alliance. She’s been working hard to move past the incident, even at one point reportedly requested the Emmy win be removed from her bio.
The whole story is a great example of the lasting harm women suffer when they're harassed.
Kater Gordon was a talented, young writer who won an Emmy, and instead of using it to go on to make her own projects, she had to deal with the fact that the man who hired her thought she “owed” him sexual favors for her rise. Gordon talked about how her confidence was shaken by the incident, and while Gordon dealt with this, Weiner went on to collaborate with some interesting people.