Fox News Is Under Investigation By NY State Dept. Of Human Rights: Report
Right-wing cable Fox News, which has been marred by scandals and was forced to fire the network’s most popular anchor, Bill O’Reilly, amid accusations of sexual harassment, has been slapped with yet another investigation to further explore the pervasive culture of harassment at Fox News.
The revelation was first made by New York-based attorney Lisa Bloom who announced via Twitter that the New York State Division of Human Rights has launched an investigation in response to a complaint made by her firm about “harassment and discrimination at Fox News.”
Bloom included a link to her firm’s original complaint along with her tweet.
BREAKING: I've just learned NY SDHR is investigating our complaint of harassment and discrimination at Fox News. https://t.co/1hQy7QcR9W
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) June 19, 2017
In the complaint, which was filed in April, Bloom claimed that Fox News has violated New York’s “Human Rights Law,” which prohibits discrimination in “employment, housing, and education.” Bloom argued that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and asserted that “every employee in the State of New York is entitled to a working environment free from improper words and conduct.”
Bloom referred to Fox News’s workplace as a “cesspool of sexual harassment, intimidation, and retaliation.” She used the numerous claims brought against O’Reilly and former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes as evidence, and condemned the company’s long history of using “intimidation tactics” to keep women quiet.
“Over the past thirteen years, dozens of women have reported egregious sexual harassment and retaliation at Fox News, with new claims constantly coming to light. The company frequently pays women to remain silent and leave the company while the perpetrators and enablers keep their jobs. Others are scared into silence by the company’s well-documented intimidation tactics, including using its giant media platform to smear their reputations. Nearly all of the victims were not only driven out of Fox News, but the television industry entirely,” the complaint reads.
Bloom also pointed out that Fox News has a history of discriminating against women of color, naming three African American women who have filed racial discrimination lawsuits against the network.
Fox News did not respond to a request for comments.