Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson has settled her lawsuit with 20th Century Fox, parent of Fox News. She received a reported $20 million settlement over sexual harassment claims and has received an unprecedented apology from the company.
Carlson filed a lawsuit this summer accusing CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Ailes was forced to resign from Fox News in July following an investigation and numerous women coming forward with similar claims of naughty behavior. Vanity Fair reports Fox settled with two other women who still work for the network.
21st Century Fox issued the following statement announcing settlement of the lawsuit.
“21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit. During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. She developed a loyal audience and was a daily source of information for many Americans. We are proud that she was part of the Fox News team. 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.”
Gretchen Carlson, author and Miss America 1989, issued the following statement:
“I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my Complaint. I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace. I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.”