Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network, former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and current co-president Bill Shine.
Politico published the entire lawsuit, which claims that Fox News, Ailes and Shine “unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against Roginsky and sabotaged her career.”
Roginsky is represented by attorney Nancy Erica Smith, who also represented Gretchen Carlson in her lawsuit against the network. Ailes stepped down in disgrace last summer after Carlson came forward with allegations that resulted in numerous women making similar claims.
Fox News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for confirmation. Roginsky told TheWrap to contact her attorney, who could not be immediately reached.
Fox News’ parent, 21st Century Fox, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The suit alleges that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances on Roginsky, while leading her to believe that a promotion would follow.
The suit claims that Ailes repeatedly called Roginsky into his office for one-on-one meetings and “would frequently steer the conversation to Roginsky’s personal life.” The document also claims that Ailes would often make sexist comments about other Fox News employees. As an example, the suit claims that the former CEO once said Kimberly Guilfoyle would “get on her knees for anyone.”
Back in September, Fox News settled Carlson’s suit and even offered an apology. She reportedly received $20 million, but the network didn’t release financial details. Despite the settlement, Ailes has denied all allegations.
“Shine retaliated against Plaintiff because of her complaints of harassment and retaliation and because Plaintiff refused to malign Gretchen Carlson and join ‘Team Roger’ when Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment,” the suit reads.
The document claims that Roginsky left the Republican National Convention a day early last July because of intense pressure to defend Ailes. Roginsky said that Fox News never investigated her complaints, and that other network executives were aware of her harassment and retaliation claims.
Roginsky began appearing as a commentator on Fox News in 2004.
“As a direct and proximate result of Defendant Fox News’ conduct, Roginsky has suffered damage to her career path, adverse job consequences, including economic damages, and continues to suffer damages, including severe mental, physical and emotional stress, pain and suffering, anxiety, stress, humiliation, exacerbation of existing medical conditions and personal sickness, loss of enjoyment of life and damage to her reputation and career,” the lawsuit states.
Roginsky is seeking “compensatory damages for all back and future loss of wages, lost income, benefits, retirement losses, stock benefits losses, pain, suffering, stress, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional harm and personal physical injury and physical sickness, as well as damage to her reputation, damage to career path and loss of income” — in addition to punitive damages and legal fees.
Source: The Wrap