Last month, Fox News employee, Gretchen Carlson, filed a sexual harassment suit against former Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes, in the New Jersey State Court. For decades, Roger Ailes has long been a powerful person at Fox News and this case was not taken lightly by the Fox Network. Fox engaged an outside law firm to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation which consisted of interviewing scores of current and former Fox female employees, several of whom complained of alleged sexual harassment by Roger Ailes. In the end, Roger Ailes reportedly was forced to resign with a reputed $40 million severance package.
Sexual harassment is an all too frequent occurrence in the workplace and is not only harmful to the happiness and well-being of employees, but legally costly to employers. The situation becomes even more detrimental for the employer when a high-profile person is charged with sexual harassment. In Fox News’ case, it handled the situation as proactively as it could under difficult circumstances – including initiating a third party investigation as quickly as possible. To learn more about how Fox News handled this charge and what the repercussions are, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.
Also in this week’s Labor and Employment Telebrief: how to prevent violence in the workplace, the legal consequences of using a staffing agency to obtain employees, and the legal issues in connection with the use of interns.
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