LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2016 — Attorney Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates recently released a statement concerning a sexual harassment suit aimed at Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes, filed in New Jersey civil court. Former Fox News co-host of the show Fox and Friends, Gretchen Carlson, alleges Ailes’ sexual advances damaged her career.
“Here we have the co-host and anchor of a major television network alleging a workplace riddled with unwelcome and pervasive sexually offensive behavior – advances that went unaddressed for years,” says Shegerian. “These allegations definitely sum up a common pattern found over and over again in sexual harassment cases across the nation.”
“When a workplace atmosphere becomes overrun with typical, yet offensive, harassing behavior such as referring to workers as ‘chick’ and ‘baby’, making explicit comments about a worker’s shape or figure and the like, it’s difficult to get those in positions of authority to see it as a problem – especially if they themselves are the ringleaders of this kind of behavior,” says Shegerian.
“Often workers are forced into silence and end up simply going along to get along,” Shegerian went on to say. “It’s important for workers to realize, though, that even if they feel pressured to endure a harassing environment, they don’t have to do so inevitably. Every worker has the right to work in an environment free of sexual harassment, whether overt or subtle. At any point, they can take a stand for their rights, knowing that the law is on their side.”
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators, Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.
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