LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2016 — Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates has issued a statement regarding the news 21 [st] Century Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, has settled the sexual harassment lawsuit with former anchor Gretchen Carlson for a reported $20 million.
“In Gretchen Carlson’s initial complaint against Fox News, she described the offensive sexual remarks, ogling, and demands for sex she experienced during her tenure with the network,” Shegerian states. “Her relationship with Fox News ended when she was wrongfully terminated for rejecting a superior’s sexual advances.”
“A $20 million settlement seems justified in this all too familiar situation, where a senior level executive attempts to abuse his power by offering career advancement in exchange for sex,” Shegerian says. “But, perhaps what is even more satisfying than the settlement is the apology issued by the network, who now must review their sexual harassment prevention policies to prevent further public backlash.”
“Carlson’s brave decision to come forward about the sexual harassment she experienced at Fox News empowered other women within the network to follow her lead,” Shegerian continues. “This serves as yet another reminder of the many sexual harassment victims who suffer in silence because they fear speaking out against their powerful harassers.”
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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