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TV commentator alleges sexual harassment by Fox CEO

There are various types of workplace discrimination to which Florida employees can be subjected. Sexual harassment is one kind of treatment that involves unwelcome behavior with a sexual connotation. Unfortunately, despite the changing of workplace environments to accommodate both men and women across all industries, it is not uncommon for a supervisor to demand a sexual relationship in exchange for a promotion or other favorable treatment.

A high profile sexual harassment case was recently announced when a television commentator, Gretchen Carlson, filed a lawsuit against the CEO and Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes. Carlson alleges Ailes promised her a smooth path in her career at Fox but demanded sex in exchange. Carlson further claims her job was terminated when she refused this unwanted attention of the CEO.

The news network has consistently denied Carlson's allegations, although an internal investigation by the parent company, 21st Century Fox is reportedly planned. The plaintiff's team of legal representatives will now have to prove the validity of the accusations. It was also reported that more women might add their stories of sexual harassment by Ailes.

It is unacceptable for men in the workplace to marginalize women and focus attention on their bodies rather than their brains. However, the reverse is also true, and there are also men that are subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace. No employee in Florida -- regardless of occupation or standing in a company -- should have to endure such treatment. Victims sometimes hesitate to take action because of potential retaliation and job loss, but even such actions are illegal and can be prosecuted.

Source:, "Gretchen Carlson Files Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes Alleging Sexual Harassment", Cristina Warne, July 8, 2016

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