A reporter in Fox News filed a lawsuit on Thursday accused the channel of firing her for a sex discrimination complaint. The reporter’s complaint cams after the US Television network urged workers to report harassment.
In the lawsuit, Jessica Golloher, a radio correspondent covering the Middle East and North Africa, says that Fox is ignoring the harassment complaints and instead they use the hotline “to paint targets on the backs of employees.”
Golloher filed the lawsuit in New York court saying she filed a complaint in April against Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison firm accusing them of sex discrimination.
After reporting the firm, the complaint stated that Fox told Golloher that she has to leave in August for cost reduction reasons.
“Terminating an employee within 24 hours of utilizing the ‘hotline’ … is yet another indication of (Fox’s) lack of oversight and retaliatory animus for those that are brave enough to report unlawful conduct,” Douglas Wigdor, Golloher’s lawyer, said.
In the lawsuit, Golloher wrote some examples of the kind of discrimination she faces. One example is during the 2014 Winter Olympics when she was based in Moscow, Russia. However, Fox chose a man who didn’t even speak Russian to report the games.
Another example is Dave Anthony, a radio anchor based in New York, who treated Golloher in a bad way as a “vapid, unintelligent female reporter.”
From Fox News side, the company’s spokesperson pointed out that Golloher’s accusations aren’t true.
As for the Paul Weiss firm, they didn’t immediately commented on the matter.
Fox news is currently facing several sexual harassment and sex discrimination complaints and lawsuits. One example is non-white staff who are suffering from discrimination and uneven salaries compared to the white employees.