May 22( Reuters) – Fox News was hit with brand-new sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits on Monday, adding to the catalog of complaints that has sounded the U.S. cable information network and its corporate mother 21 st Century Fox Inc.
New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor filed lawsuits in federal tribunal in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio switch writer who tells she was sexually provoked and subjected to” unceasing retaliation” for complain, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her enterprise as an accounts payable coordinator after telling directors she was pregnant.
In a third event in the same tribunal, Vidya Mann, a Fox News accounts receivable expert, said she was taken on as an interim employee but passed over for permanent jobs in favor of white-hot coworkers.
A spokeswoman at Fox News said the company feels the suits are without virtue , noting that the company took prompt activity and takes all complaints of discrimination seriously.
The brand-new law contends pass as Fox News is already combating a series of lawsuits that led to the resignations of former chief executive Roger Ailes, who died last week, star fix Bill O’Reilly and network co-president Bill Shine.
Wigdor said he was also representing an unidentified black information technology employee who was subjected to racially insensitive mentions by Bob Beckel, an on-air multitude who was fired last week, daylights after construction workers complained.
” Despite public relations efforts to the contrary, business at 21 st Century Fox continues to operate more akin to 18 th Century Fox ,” Wigdor said in a statement.
Wigdor represents at least 23 current and former Fox News hires with law contends against the company. Earlier this month, he assembled the representatives from the Office of Communications, a British regulatory organization that is currently considering whether to approve 21 st Century Fox‘s proposed takeover of satellite broadcaster Sky.
On Monday, Wigdor sent a letter to the regulator, known as Ofcom, summarizing the brand-new law contends against Fox and claiming the company denied his required to be waive confidentiality agreements signed by its employees so they could be talking to the agency.
( Reporting By Jessica Toonkel; Editing by Tom Brown )