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Fox News’ Sly Approach to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace | How Employers and Employees can Learn from the Network’s Mistakes

May 11th, 2017 by David Minces

Avoiding a sexual harassment scandal doesn’t have to be hard. Despite the fact that laws prohibiting sexual harassment have been on the books for decades, companies of all sizes continue to find themselves in hot water as the result of sexual harassment complaints. In just the past few months, sexual harassment complaints have led to the removal of two nationally prominent individuals from Fox news – Bill O’Reilly, a top-rated cable news host, and Roger E. Ailes, a former Chairman of Fox News. Not only did Fox News lose millions in advertisement dollars, but according to a report by the New York Times, Fox News or O’Reilly paid approximately $13 million over the years to five women to settle allegations of harassment.
The allegations associated with these recent headlines are not an anomaly.

Complaints of sexual harassment are extremely commonplace in today’s workplace. In 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) received 12,860 charges of sex-based harassment, including charges alleging sexual harassment. So how do you avoid becoming another headline or statistic? For starters, companies should arm themselves with some basic knowledge regarding sexual harassment, put into place strong policies prohibiting harassment, and take all complaints of harassment seriously. To read our full newsletter regarding sexual harassment in the workplace click here.

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