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Roger Ailes Walks Away With More Money Than Gretchen Carlson

Fox News Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit With Gretchen Carlson

The former Fox News employee had sued CEO Roger Ailes over alleged sexual harassment.

On Tuesday, Fox News reportedly agreed to settle Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment suit against her former employer, Roger Ailes. As reported by Reverb Press in July, Carlson had been with Fox News for eleven years and was hosting her own daytime program called The Real Deal, which was number one in its time period. She was previously a co-host on Fox & Friends where she says was subjected to “severe and pervasive sexual harassment” from her co-host Steve Doocy. Upon making the matter known to Ailes, he allegedly propositioned her for sex, which she declined. Carlson was fired a short time later.

After news of Carlson’s lawsuit became public, ten more women stepped forward with their own complaints. Ailes was soon fired—but for the women of Fox News, it had been a long time coming. As explained by my Reverb Press colleague Mark Howard:

“Roger Ailes long history of exploiting sex in the workplace has been well documented. The environment at Fox is known for making inappropriate demands on female staff, including wearing revealing clothes and engaging in other provocative behavior on-air.”

Gretchen Carlson Gets $20 Million, Roger Ailes Gets $40 Million

Fox News paid Ailes double what they paid Carlson.

After news of the settlement broke, both Fox and Carlson released statements to the press. “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve,” says 21st Century Fox in part of their statement.

Carlson likewise seems ready to move on, tweeting, “I’m ready to move on to the next chapter in my life.”

But one aspect of the settlement has struck a nerve with observers. While Gretchen Carlson will receive $20 million as part of her settlement, Roger Ailes has been paid double that – $40 million – as severance. A tweet from Salon writer Simon Maloy sums it up nicely:

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Timothy Bertrand is an author and journalist from Houston, Texas. He is the Associate Editor at Reverb Press and splits his time between covering breaking news and penning thoughtful literary essays.