May 22( Reuters) – Fox News was hit with brand-new sexual harassment and discrimination suits on Monday, adding to the catalog of complaints that has sounded the U.S. cable news system and its corporate mother 21 st Century Fox Inc.
New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor registered litigations in federal tribunal in Manhattan on behalf of Kathleen Lee, a Fox News Radio switching editor who adds she was sexually harassed and subjected to” unceasing reprisal” for complaining, and Naima Farrow, who maintains she was fired from her task as an accounts payable coordinator after telling overseers she was pregnant.
In a third subject in the same tribunal, Vidya Mann, a Fox News accounts receivable expert, said she was taken on as an interim hire but passed over for permanent jobs in favor of white-hot coworkers.
A spokeswoman at Fox News said the company feels the dress are without virtue , noting further that the company took prompt war and takes all complaints of discrimination seriously.
The new law assertions see 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, stellar fasten Bill O’Reilly and network co-president Bill Shine.
Wigdor said he was also representing an unidentified pitch-black information technology hire who was subjected to racially insensitive remarks by Bob Beckel, an on-air legion who was fired last week, daytimes after the worker 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 present and former Fox News employees with law demands against the company. Earlier this month, he encountered officials 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 moved a letter to the regulator, known as Ofcom, delineating the brand-new legal claims against Fox and claiming the company rejected his request to waive confidentiality agreements signed by its employees so they could be talking to the agency.
( Reporting By Jessica Toonkel; Editing by Tom Brown )