Fox News settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with former anchor Gretchen Carlson and a “handful” of other women, the network’s parent company announced on Tuesday. The settlement comes two months after Carlson sued Roger Ailes alleging that he’d subjected her to unwanted sexual advances and retaliated against her complaining about a hostile work environment for women at Fox News. Several other women who’d also accused Ailes, the powerful longtime Fox News chief, settled with the network as well. Ailes unceremoniously stepped down as head of Fox News last month, amid reports that he faced firing if he didn’t. He walked away with a $40 million severance payout.
While there’s no doubt the $20 million settlement is a sweet victory for Carlson, she won something perhaps even sweeter from 21st Century Fox: a public apology. “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and all our colleagues deserve,” the company said in a statement. The outcome is seen as having the potential to reshape the landscape concerning sexual harassment in corporate America. You go girl!
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