Fox News has had a tumultuous year dealing with sexual harassment claims in the workplace. Last year several lawsuits were filed against its former Chairman and network CEO Roger Ailes alleging sexual harassment. One of these cases even settled for an astounding $20 million dollars. In the last couple of months the news channel had been dealing a series of sexual harassment lawsuits against its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly, which prompted an internal investigation that in turn revealed even more allegations against him.
Fox News reportedly settled with 5 women who brought forward claims totaling about $13 million but continued to stand by the host. The public was outraged and more than 50 advertisers had pulled out from the show. Female employees within the company banded together and demanded that the company show it was serious about changing the culture since the Ailes debacle the previous year. Feeling the pressure, the Murdoch family which controls 21st Century Fox, let O’Reilly’s go this week.
Unfortunately, it still seems all too common that employers or individuals in high ranking positions often take advantage of their power to try and manipulate or demand improper relationships from their employees. If a household name like Bill O’Reilly can be penalized for his inappropriate behavior, it helps give employees hope knowing that something can be done about experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace.
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.