LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2016 — Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates has released a statement regarding The New York Times report on Rudi Bakhtiar, a former news correspondent for Fox News who alleges she was a victim of sexual harassment during her time at the network. Bakhtiar claims her contract was terminated by Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for refusing the advances of another senior co-worker.
“Rudi Bakhtiar is an accomplished news correspondent who has lost out on countless opportunities because of her brave decision to fight back against sexual harassment,” Shegerian says. “These allegations bear a striking resemblance to those made by Gretchen Carlson, and if true, prove that sexual harassment is pervasive within the Fox News organization.”
“If these allegations are true, Mr. Ailes clearly created a culture where sexual harassment went unpunished, and in fact, was supported through the promotion and termination of employees,” Shegerian went on to say. “When those who are in positions of power do not see sexual harassment as a serious issue, it is easy for employees throughout the rest of the organization to follow suit.”
“The number of women who have anonymously come forward to corroborate Bakhtiar’s story is alarming to say the least,” Shegerian says. “This serves as a sad reminder of how many workers are being unfairly treated in the workplace, but are too afraid to come forward because of fear of retribution.”
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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