Fox News faces yet another sexual harassment lawsuit.
Contributor Julie Roginsky‘s suit, published by Politico, alleges the network, former CEO Roger Ailes, and current co-president Bill Shine “unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against Roginsky and sabotaged her career.”
The longtime political consultant became a panelist at Fox News in 2004. When Roginsky began to appear regularly on The Five in 2015, she claims Ailes started meeting with her privately and “would frequently steer the conversation to Roginsky’s personal life.”
In one conversation, Ailes allegedly implied he would give her a permanent slot on The Five in exchange for sexual favors. Roginsky refused and did not meet with the network head following that meeting.
The anchor is represented by attorney Nancy Erica Smith, who also represented Gretchen Carlson in her lawsuit against the network — which caused Ailes to step down in disgrace from his position.
According to the new suit, Roginsky’s refusal to defend Ailes amid last year’s explosive accusations led Shine to retaliate against her. The document states:
“Shine retaliated against Plaintiff because of her complaints of harassment and retaliation and because Plaintiff refused to malign Gretchen Carlson and join ├óΓé¼╦£Team Roger’ when Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment.”
“Team Roger”? Is sexual harassment a competitive sport over at Fox News? (Actually, that would explain a lot…)
Roginsky allegedly left the Republican National Convention a day early last July due to intense pressure to defend Ailes, and has “suffered damage to her career path” as a result.
In addition to punitive damages and legal fees, the anchor is seeking “compensatory damages for all back and future loss of wages… as well as damage to her reputation, damage to career path and loss of income.”
So many anchors harassed! Is there such a thing as a class action sexual harassment suit?
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