Newark, NJ– The sexual harassment scandal involving Roger Ailes, former CEO of Fox News and adviser to Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and his network is widening after another host files a sexual harassment suit. So, who is the latest regular on the right-leaning network to accuse the Ailes?
The most recent lawsuit was filed by Andrea Tantaros, a regular on the Fox News network, who was suspended earlier this year and eventually fired. In her lawsuit, Tantaros claims that in one incident, Ailes wanted her to give him a hug and told her “turn around so I can get a good look at you,” USA Today reports.
She also claims that she was told that she could no longer appear on Bill O’Reilly’s show because she rebuffed his advances, according to USA Today.
She also accused former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who is a now a correspondent for Fox News, and another correspondent John Roberts also made inappropriate sexual comments. Both men deny the allegations in the suit.
Tantaros also claims that she spoke to higher ups at the network about the harassment and they did nothing to address her concerns. She alleges that they went to great lengths to smear her name, and she was eventually fired for complaining about her treatment.
Tantaros’ lawsuit was critical of the network saying, “Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny.”
Fox News did not have a comment about the latest suit citing pending lawsuits.
Tantaros’ lawsuit is the second one filed against Ailes and Fox News. In early July, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit also alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. Her suit included testimony from Megyn Kelley, one of the network’s most popular hosts, in which she claims Ailes also said inappropriate things to her.
Despite their power and esteem, the women at Fox News faced what many women, and men, deal with every day in the workplace. Their stories are like the thousands of other complaints of sexual harassment complaints the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives every year. Too many workers, refuse to come forward and file sexual harassment complaints, so the behavior perpetuates.
If you were sexually harassed or faced retaliation in your New Jersey workplace, USAttorneys encourages you to file a formal complaint with your employer then contact a lawyer. We can connect you with a local sexual harassment lawyer to advise you and help you recover compensation for your mental anguish and lost wages. Call and set up a consultation with one of your sexual harassment lawyers in New Jersey to evaluate the details of your case and explain your legal options.