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Pattern of Harassment at Fox?

Reported by Janie - November 8, 2005

Just one year ago, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was hit with a sexual harassment suit from one Andrea Mackris. O'Reilly hit back with an extortion suit, and the case was settled (according to the Washington Post, most likely in Mackris' favor), with neither party allowed to discuss the case.

Just yesterday it was announced that Fox News has been hit with another sexual harassment lawsuit. This time the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing on behalf of one Kim Weiler who claims that a senior Vice President with Fox News (Joe Chillemi) who supervised the advertising and promotion departments subjected Weiler and others to a hostile work environment, routinely used vulgarity to refer to women or to describe female body parts, and discriminated against and made derogatory comments about pregnant women. The lawsuit also contends that women in the department were discriminated against "in terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including assigning women primarily to freelance positions with less benefits, less advancement potential and less job security." Weiler also claims she was retaliated against when she complained about the discrimination.

Was there another Fox memo sent around, this time highlighting how to treat women, or are fellow Fox News workers following the sterling example set by O'Reilly just last year?

Update: You can now view a copy of the lawsuit here.

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