Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Case: Will Gretchen Carlson Settle?

Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Case: Will Gretchen Carlson Settle?
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Television host Gretchen Carlson filed charges against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.


The 50-year-old “The Real Story” host Gretchen Carlson said she was fired last June 23 because she rejected Fox News big boss Roger Ailes’ advances and offer to sleep with him. Despite that fact that her show was the number one in her timeslo, she was allegedly given a kick out of the job because of this.

The firing also came after she questioned the treatment of women in the newsroom.

In her sworn statement, Gretchen Carlson quoted Rodger Ailes on how he asked to have a sexual relationship with her.

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“I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” Gretchen Carlson quoted the CEO.

According to Gretchen Carlson, she had a conversation with Rodger Ailes last September because she wanted to air her side on discriminatory practices being conducted within the network, Fortune said in a report.

However the said conversation allegedly led Rodger Ailes to sexually harassed the host.

In her complaint, Gretchen Carlson also said that Rodger Ailes called her a man hater after she told him the sexual harassment and degrading treatment of her co-host Steve Doocy.

Gretchen Carlson, who has been with the network for 11 years, also slammed her “Fox & Friend” co-host for his sexist treatment.

The host said Steve Doocy has “created a hostile work environment by regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way.” She also related how Steve Doocy put his hand on her and pulled down her arm during her live telecast to shut her up.

The host previously complained about the doing of Steve Doocy but the management decided to fire her from the show in 2013.

Gretchen Carlson added in her statement that the filing of charges was a difficult step to take but she wanted to stand up for herself as well as other women in the workplace who are also experiencing the same treatment, The Daily Mail said in a report.

“I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Fox News and for keeping our loyal viewers engaged and informed on events and news topics of the day,” she said in her statement.

As the news broke that Gretchen Carlson will no longer be with Fox, the host took to Twitter to thank her fans who followed her program.

“As you may have heard, I am no longer with Fox News. I value your support and friendship, especially now, so please stay in touch with me. I value your support and friendship, especially now, so please stay in touch with me,” she said.

Interestingly, the Erik Wemple Blog asked Carlsons’s lawyer Nancy Erika Smith whether Carlson would be willing to settle the case. The lawyer admiitted that there is a chance.“I’m a lawyer, and our job is to make our clients happy. If they make an offer, and she’s comfortable moving on with her life,” said Smith, then perhaps the litigation will be dismissed or wrapped up.

Washington Post however claimed that Carlson should not so that the case can bear fruit for the many women suffering the  same in the workplace.

There has not been any statement made by Fox News CEO Rodger Ailes regarding the complaint.

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