Fox News just can’t catch a break. At the same time that the sexual harassment allegations were being filed against former CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, a separate age and discrimination suit was being filed against the empire. Fox Sports reporter Colleen Dominguez, 54, claimed the younger, less qualified co-workers were repeatedly given assignments instead of her. Some other examples of discrimination Dominguez faced while working for Fox includes:
- Management asked a producer to make a video of Dominguez’s face and body for a meeting. Other reporters were never asked to do this.
- A supervisor told Dominguez that the network didn’t handle “veteran female reporters very well”.
- Via text message, a long standing Fox producer told Dominguez that she had’t done anything wrong at all and that just because the male executives at the company wanted to be “gratified by a 24 year old woman” didn’t mean that Dominguez was bad at her job.
The network has denied the claims and has a motion to dismiss the case completely. They claim that Dominguez’s assignment deficit was due to a shift in programming, not her physical appearance or age. US District Court judge Ronald Lew, denied the motion to dismiss her case and will let Dominguez continue her suit. Dominguez’s lawyers have reason to believe that her emails and text message will help support her claims. In addition, they are seeking testimony from upper level executives at the company such as the head of Fox Sports’ national networks, president and chief operating officer of Fox Sports, and the former chairmen of Fox Sports.
Do you think that the harassment/discrimination allegations suddenly coming out of the woodwork have merit? Or do you think that people are more concerned with riding the gravy train?
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