2. Disney has been terrible about doing their part to make it acceptable for Lasseter to return, this year or any year. At the moment, it looks like they are playing down Lasseter's behavior so that he can come back and make them lots of money. They need to be doing their part (and not small steps) to smash the toxic work environment some claim Laseter created at Pixar and Disney. They need to get in front and create a new business model for the MeToo era. One where there is no doubt others like Lasseter or worse will get away with nothing.
This is true, but also, what has Lasseter done to merit redemption? He's not the victim in this, he's the cause and if he's changed he needs to show it and clearly atone for what he's done. Disney shouldn't be "doing their part to make it acceptable for Lasseter to return" they should be doing their part to make their work environment discrimination and harassment free. Lasseter should be making amends and making himself a better person who will not do the things he did. If, eventually, these two separate processes of self-improvement result in a reunion where both parties can work together without stigma or concern that the past is being ignored then so be it, but that reunion should not be driving the process, and it certainly shouldn't be that such a reunion is the primary expected outcome and everything else is just ticking boxes to make it acceptable (which is what this looks like)
On the one hand, I do agree that people who are harassers should be able to establish careers and work and in general should have a path to redemption. On the other hand, redemption and opportunity need to actually be earned. Saying sorry is a good first step, but it's not the last step, and simply getting out of the public eye and waiting for things to blow over is not the same thing as becoming a better person who has actually learned and made amends for their past misdeeds. Yes, some people seem vindictive in wanting these people to just go away forever, and that focus on harsh punishment is not necessarily conducive to a better world, but at the same time the argument that "he's suffered enough and went away and did his time" is equally lacking in actually addressing the problem. Both views put a primary focus on punishment (not enough, too much, it's over) rather than on helping the victims and creating better workplace environments and making the former harasser a better person (and through that making other harassers and would be harassers better people which makes the other two goals easier to accomplish and more durable).
If they show personal progress (not just contrition and shame, but actual understanding of how what they did was wrong and take actual steps to not make similar actions in the future), then people like Lasseter can attempt to come back on their own terms and prove themselves all over again as if they were starting anew. They already have the advantage of money, name recognition and industry connections, there's no need for a large corporation to parachute them into a cushy top role. Just because someone merits redemption doesn't mean that path should be handed to them.