The parent company of FOX News has launched what it described as an "internal review" of sexual harassment allegations levied against CEO Roger Ailes, as well as the conduct of "FOX & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy, by a former host Gretchen Carlson.
Carlson claims that having snubbed Ailes advances she was given less and less high profile interviews and saw her regular slot on Bill O'Reilly's weeknight show axed while also suffering a pay cut before ultimately being fired. "This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract", he said.
Ailes further stated that when Fox News did not renew her contract, Carlson realized that her career with the news company was likely over. For them, obviously this is a matter they would like to see resolved in one way or another in the near future. However, Doocy is not a defendant in the lawsuit filed by Carlson.
Carlson says she was sacked after complaining to management about Doocy. Mr. Ailes enjoys a close relationship with 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch and has always been given a lot of latitude inside the company.
Until last month, Carlson was hosting a 2 p.m. news program, "The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson", on the network.
Carlson claims that a pattern of sexual harassment in the newsroom over several years culminated in a September meeting in which Ailes propositioned her.
According to Deadline, in Ailes' response, he claims that her lawsuit is retaliation for not renewing her contract due to low ratings for her show.
However, the story does not mention any direct allegations against Ailes. The suit says Ailes responded to her 2009 complaint to a supervisor by telling her to learn to "get along with the boys". Quoting him as saying, "I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago", adding that "sometimes problems are easier to solve that way".
"I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career, although this was a hard step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace".