Ex-Fox News anchor sues CEO Ailes claiming sexual harassment

By REUTERS
July 6, 2016 23:21

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News Chairman and Chief Executive Roger Ailes on Wednesday claiming sexual harassment and that he wrongfully fired her after years of making unwanted advances.

A Fox News representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fox News Channel is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Carlson and her lawyers were not immediately available to comment.

Carlson, 50, claimed in the lawsuit that Ailes took her off the popular morning show "Fox & Friends" in 2013, cut her pay and placed her in a less desirable afternoon time slot because she refused to have a sexual relationship with him. The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey state court.

The lawsuit accused Ailes of retaliating against Carlson by firing her and before that "ostracizing, marginalizing and shunning her after making clear to her that these 'problems' would not have existed, and could be solved, if she had a sexual relationship with him."


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