Former Fox News Radio Employee Files Suit Alleging Gender Discrimination

Friday, July 15, 2011 in New York.  Rupert Murdoch accepted the resignation of The Wall Street Journal's publisher and the chief of his British operations on Friday as the once-defiant media mogul struggled to control an escalating phone hacking scandal with apologies to the public and the family of a murdered schoolgirl. The controversy claimed its first victim in the United States as Les Hinton, chief executive of the Murdoch-owned Dow Jones & Co. and publisher of the Wall Street Journal, announced he was resigning, effective immediately. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Amid a rough few months for the company, Fox News was hit with another accusation of gender discrimination Thursday.

Jessica Golloher, a former correspondent for Fox News radio, filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, saying that she was told her contract with the company would not be renewed after she contacted the network’s independent investigator about alleged discrimination at the network, The LA Times reported. Golloher had worked for Fox News since 2008 and has been under contract as a full-time employee since 2014.

In a statement, Golloher’s defense team alleged that she was fired in retaliation just 24 hours after contacting the law firm conducting an investigation about allegations against the netowork.

“Acting on the belief that her complaint would be treated with prompt and confidential consideration, Ms. Golloher emailed the Paul Weiss law firm, requesting a meeting,” the statement read. As the lawsuit contends, less than 24 hours after reaching out to the Paul Weiss law firm, Fox terminated Ms. Golloher in retaliation for her complaint.”

She also claims in the suit, according to The LA Times, that she was “marginalized and subjected to discrimination based on her gender” by her supervisors at the station, Mitch Davis and Hank Weinbloom. She was apparently contacting the investigator to discuss these concerns.

Fox denied Golloher’s claims, saying in a statement that “Jessica Golloher’s claims are without merit. Her allegations of discrimination and retaliation are baseless. We will vigorously defend the matter.”

The firm representing Golloher, Wigdor LLP, is the same representing a Class Action Complaint against Fox News, alleging racial discrimination on behalf of 11 former and current employees.

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