NEW YORK, April 5, 2017 – Former Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News. Roginsky has also called upon NYC authorities to investigate the treatment of women at Fox News.
Roginsky filed the lawsuit against Fox News, former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and current co-president Bill Shine. Shortly after filing her suit, Roginsky tweeted out her other action taken as a result of the numerous sexual harassment suits filed against Fox News.
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) April 4, 2017
Roginsky is being represented by Nancy Erica Smith, an attorney who also represented Gretchen Carlson in her suit filed against the network. Fox News’ has not responded to Roginsky’s request made to NYC authorities.
Roger Ailes stepped down as FNC CEO last summer after several women came forward making claims similar to Carlson’s. Roginsky’s lawsuit claims that Ailes repeatedly called her into his office for one-on-one meetings. The suit also claims that Ailes would make sexist comments about other employees.
Last fall, Fox News reached a settlement with Carlson, reportedly worth $20 million. Despite the numerous allegations, Ailes continues to deny the allegations. The suit claims that Roginsky left the Republican National Convention a day early last July because of intense pressure to defend Ailes.
Roginsky said that Fox News never investigated her complaints and that other network executives were aware of her harassment and retaliation claims.
Roginsky first appeared as a commentator on Fox News in 2004, recently becoming a co-host on ‘Outnumbered’ and ‘The Five,’ two daily programming shows on Fox. Roginsky is seeking punitive damages, legal fees and “compensatory damages for all back and future loss of wages, lost income, benefits, retirement losses, stock benefits losses, pain, suffering, stress, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional harm and personal physical injury and physical sickness, as well as damage to her reputation, damage to career path and loss of income.”
In her suit, Roginsky is seeking punitive damages, legal fees and “compensatory damages for all back and future loss of wages, lost income, benefits, retirement losses, stock benefits losses, pain, suffering, stress, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional harm and personal physical injury and physical sickness, as well as damage to her reputation, damage to career path and loss of income.”
Roginsky’s lawsuit shows that there is something amiss in one of the top news networks in the country. It will take more than just settling lawsuits to reform Fox News. Fox News needs to accept the reality of what has happened and not keep those who have proven to act inappropriately.
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