Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against ex-Chairman and CEO of the network company, Roger Ailes, on July 6, 2016. Due to the high profile nature of the case and the massive public following, Carlson’s legal team was able to successfully settle the case just two months later for a whopping $20 million dollars. Unfortunately, it still seems all too common that employers or supervisors often take advantage of their positions of power to try and manipulate or demand improper relationships from their employees.
In this case, Carlson alleged that the then CEO made several sexual advances, insinuating they should have had a sexual relationship. When Carlson rebuffed alleged advances, she claims that Ailes retaliated by ostracizing her in the workplace and by taking away job opportunities. She cited that Ailes pulled her from her from a network morning show back in 2013. She also kept a log of alleged sexual harassment for an entire year including recorded conversations. After the case settled, Carlson released a statement that she was pleased that Fox took decisive action after she filed her lawsuit and hopes that she can continue her efforts to empower women in the workplace. Soon after Carlson filed her lawsuit, several other women at the network stepped forward with similar allegations against Ailes.
Dealing with sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, can be extremely upsetting and emotionally taxing. It is understandable that taking the steps to fight back and protect your rights can seem daunting but speaking to a labor attorney may help you navigate available options you can take. If you feel you have been the victim of workplace harassment, do not hesitate to call one of the employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP. You will be able to speak to one of our experienced attorneys regarding your specific situation and see if we can assist you. You can reach us by calling (212) 300- 0375 or visiting our website at fslawfirm.com.