A total of 23 former and current employee are suing Fox News—alleging racial and gender discrimination, as well as pregnancy-related termination by network executives, reports Lucy Westcott.
In one of three new complaints, Kathleen Lee alleges radio anchor Ron Flatter subjected her to “sexist and sexually harassing conduct” and “unrelenting seuxal harassment,” saying in her complaint that Flatter referred to women employees as “sluts” and “whores” and to Hillary Clinton and Hillary “Clit-on.”
“Two Fox News Radio executives, Mitch Davis and Bernie Pigott, allegedly told her to ‘deal with it,’ and Lee says she was also ignored by Dianne Brandi, general counsel for Fox News, who has been named in multiple lawsuits,” notes Westcott.
In another complaint, Naima Farrow claims that she was almost immediately terminated after telling supervisor she was pregnant and was “subjected to a racially hostile work environment” by former Fox News controller, Judith Slater.
In the third complaint, Vidya Mann, who was initially hired as a temporary employee before assuming a more stable role, claims that despite doing the same work as permanent employees, she was denied health insurance or other benefits, says Westcott. Mann was replaced a young, white woman Slater promoted to a full-time position with benefits, after she was allegedly fired for being pregnant.
All three women are represented by New York-based lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, who is representing 23 current and former Fox employees in various suits against Fox News.