By now, we have lost track of how many millions of dollars that Fox has paid out employees that have claimed sexual harassment or discrimination, but the figure is well north of $100 million bucks.
The NY Times reports that in one of the latest settlements in the drama that has plagued Fox News since the summer of 2016, the network’s parent company has reached a roughly $10 million settlement to resolve a group of racial and gender discrimination lawsuits involving 18 current and former employees, according to a document viewed by The New York Times and three people briefed on the deal.
The settlements reached by 21st Century Fox include the class action racial discrimination lawsuit filed last year by the anchor Kelly Wright and several employees in the Fox News accounting department. Their lawsuit said that they had repeatedly complained about “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination” to network executives but that no action was taken and that the inappropriate behavior continued.
Also included in the settlement were the race, gender and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought in 2016 by former WNYW Fox 5 Reporter Lidia Curanaj and a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a Fox News Radio reporter.
According to the document viewed by The Times, terms of the deal included that the employees would agree to drop their claims, leave the network and not seek future employment at Fox News or other 21st Century Fox companies.
The settlement specifically included a buyout of Wright’s contract with Fox News, where he was the only black male anchor.
Fox News has denied the allegations made in the various suits.