21st Century Fox confirmed that it had settled 18 individual workplace claims for $10 million. The settlement is far lower than the $60 million figure the network was approached with last summer. 21st Century Fox has been troubled by claims of workplace gender and racial discrimination for years. The multinational mass media corporation is being sued due to allegations of workplace misbehavior by former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
The workplace gender and racial discrimination lawsuit streak flourished when a class action lawsuit led by Fox News veteran anchor Kelly Wright accused former host Bill O’Reilly of refusing to air stories about the African-American community because they were “too positive.” The attack of discrimination lawsuits then branched out as multiple sexual harassment lawsuits filed against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes emerged.
Attorney Douglas Wigdor, representing 20 individuals against 21st Century Fox, made a far-reaching deal, but two of his clients, Rod Wheeler and Scottie Hughes are not ready to drop claims. The overall financial package, arrived after the parties engaged in extensive mediation, is said to be far less than the $60 million that Atty. Wigdor reportedly demanded, and Fox rejected last summer.
Not all appellants got money. One received nothing while others received little, but others received substantial compensation including contract buyouts. A source with knowledge of the agreement said it’s approximately 20 cases for closer to $10 million.
In general, Fox is being sued for fostering a hostile environment for people of color, and it is worse for female employees. Attorney Wigdor represents more than a dozen of the women accusing Fox, in New York state court. This shows that women are more prone to harassment in the workplace.
Studies show that 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up, this is the main reason why women who are harassed keep their mouths shut instead of speaking up. Wigdor’s clients’ courage is an example why women should continue to fight for their right to have a safe environment in the workplace.