The new legal claims come as Fox News is already battling a series of lawsuits that led to the resignations of former chief executive Roger Ailes, who died last week, star anchor Bill O'Reilly and network co-president Bill Shine. Fox said Monday that the lawsuits have no legal basis. "If they do not do so voluntarily, we will continue to pursue all available remedies to ensure that they are compelled to do so".
Kathleen Lee worked at Fox News Radio for more than a decade, according to the complaint. Two allege racial harassment at Fox News, while a third alleges sexual harassment at Fox News Radio. According to the complaint, Flatter referred to her and other employees as "sluts" and "whores", and would fly into uncontrolled rages.
Flatter would also mock Lee, who has a physical disability, by calling her "invalid".
Fox personality Bill O'Reilly was sacked last month in the midst of an advertiser boycott launched after public reports of settlements paid to women with harassment complaints. Lee lost two cousins in the World Trade Center collapse, Flatter repeatedly talked about death and dying and continuously looked over to Ms.
It was only after an instance in July 2015 that Fox removed Flatter: He allegedly screamed at Lee, inches from her face, prompting male employees to step in and get Lee away. While she was originally slated for a four-week stint during a full-time staffer's maternity leave, Mann was asked to stay on and did for more than four years. "Will you stop causing problems now?"
But Fox News Channel Chairman Rupert Murdoch has told employees he has "full confidence that the network will continue to be a powerhouse in cable news".
"Fox does nothing to curb the unlawful behavior", read the complaint. "Worse, when female employees dare to report such conduct, Fox victimizes them a second time - by subjecting them to escalated sex bias, retaliation, or both".
In another new complaint, Naima Farrow says that she was terminated less than 72 hours after telling supervisor she was pregnant, and that she was "subjected to a racially hostile work environment" at the hands of a former Fox News controller, Judith Slater. Vidya Mann, who was initially hired as a temporary employee before transitioning into a more stable role, says she did not receive health insurance or other benefits, despite doing the same work as permanent employees.
Catherine M. Foti, an attorney for Slater, said in a statement that "all claims of racial discrimination against Ms. Slater are completely false".
"Because her desk was situated outside of Ms. Douglas's office and alongside other employees in Accounts Receivable/Payable and Collections.[the woman] was present and heard Slater's racist vitriol inflicted on other Black employees under Slater's control". Slater denied the request, according to the complaint, and gave the job to a white employee who was an intern in the accounting department. Blanco, who is Hispanic, said that Slater made fun of her accent.
According to the specialist's suit, she was sacked shortly after giving birth.
Fox News said in a statement that it is committed to a diverse workplace free from discrimination and takes any complaint seriously. 'We believe these latest claims are without legal basis and look forward to proving that the company at all times has acted appropriately, and lawfully, in connection with these matters'.