Employee discrimination lawsuits hit Fox News

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Fox News continues to be plagued by claims of discrimination with more employees filing lawsuits against the cable network.

The latest lawsuits came Monday from Kathleen Lee, a shift editor at Fox News Radio, Naima Farrow, a former accounts payable coordinator, and Vidya Mann, a former accounts receivables specialist, who claimed that they encountered discrimination at the network. The three join 20 current and former Fox employees represented by the New York employment law firm Wigdor LLP who have sued over discrimination and retaliation.

According to Lee, she experienced retaliation for reporting sexist and harassing conduct. Farrow contends that she was forced to work in a racially hostile environment and was terminated less than three days after reporting her pregnancy to her supervisor. Mann, who was not classified as a permanent employee, claimed she encountered racial discrimination and was dismissed after having a child.

Previous allegations have forced out high-rated talent and executives at Fox News just as its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox Inc., works to convince U.K. regulators of its competence as a broadcaster and to gain approval for its planned $15 billion acquisition of Sky Plc.

Earlier in May, attorney Douglas Wigdor met with Ofcom, the U.K. regulator assessing the approval of Fox’s acquisition of Sky.

Ofcom has faced pressure from civil rights activists who urged the company to consider Fox executives’ handling of harassment complaints from employees against Bill O’Reilly and ex-Fox News President Roger Ailes. Both men ultimately resigned in the wake of the charges. Bill Shine, the network’s co-president, has also left the network.


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