Fox News CEO Accused of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation -- Gretchen Carlson v. Roger Ailes

 Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a  lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court against  the network's CEO, Roger Ailes.  The unusual thing about the lawsuit is that it is brought  solely against Roger Ailes in his individual capacity rather than against Fox News as her employer.

The gist of the complaint is that Carlson's contract was not renewed in June 2016 as retaliation for complaints she made about the conduct of her male co-host, Steve Doocy, in September of  2009.  The objectionable conduct was that: 

12.  Doocy engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson, including, but not limited to, mocking her during commercial breaks, shunning her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittling her contributions to the show, and generally attempting to put her in her place by refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blond female prop.

Carlson alleges that as retaliation for her complaining about Doocy Ailes proceeded to sabotage her career over the next seven years and that "In doing these things, Ailes did not act in the interests of Fox News, but instead pursued a highly personal agenda."  

Carlson does not allege that the 76-year old Ailes ever actually propositioned her.  However, in a September 2015 meeting he allegedly told her that "I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago."

 

 

  

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