Gretchen Carlson, long time anchor for Fox News, is suing network chief executive Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Carlson alleges that Ailes retaliated against her following complaints she made about ongoing discrimination and harassment and eventually fired her 9 months after she refused his sexual advances.
In the lawsuit seeking unspecified damages, Carlson recounts a laundry list of sexual harassment incidents including inappropriate comments about her physical appearance, ogling, and condescending remarks. She said that when she complained, she was called a “man hater” who needed to learn to “get along with the boys”.
Sexual harassment can can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or if it results in an adverse employment decision, such as wrongful termination.
If you have been the victim of workplace harassment or retaliation, contact the Davenport Law Offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help. Our job is to protect the rights of employees and make sure they are treated lawfully.
Source: Associated Press, “In Lawsuit, Gretchen Carlson Alleges Sex Harassment at Fox”, by David Bauder, July 6, 2016