21st Century Fox Settles Roger Ailes’ Harassment Lawsuit for $20 Million
Former Fox New anchor, Gretchen Carlson, had filed a lawsuit of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes. After a long fight, 21st Century Fox, decided to settle the lawsuit in behalf of Roger. Reports suggest that the case has been settled by Fox News by paying Gretchen Carlson $20 million. However, and shockingly, reports are also surfacing claiming that Roger Ailes is being paid twice the amount as the victim, in the case.
Reports suggest that this top official of Fox News who has been facing a lawsuit for sexual harassment, is being pain $40 million my Fox, to give up his position and quit his job.
When Fox News had assigned Paul, Weiss for the law firm Paul, Weiss, Wharton & Garrison for investigating into the matter of allegations made against Ales, they found that there were around two dozen women who complained about being harassed by Roger Ailes. Along with the lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson, sources suggest that Fox News also settles two other similar cases of harassment made against Roger.
After the this decision made by Fox Carlson conveyed through her statement that she was “gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my complaint.” she also added “I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace.”
Her statement was concluded with her final thoughts “All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded,”
However, if one takes a look at the bigger picture, Fox News saved itself from a lot of issues by settling Carlson’s case as soon as possible. Had the case taken on trial, many women would have testified against Roger Alies, giving the man who ran Fox News for 20 years, a rather bad name. It would also throw negative light on the company, in which situation all of its workers will be questioned and doubts upon. Also, considering that there were over 20 other women who came forward to talk about similar cases of misconduct by Ailes, it was likely that Carlson would have won the case and Fox News would have had to pay her more than they settled the case for.