The list of discrimination and retaliation lawsuits filed against Fox News just grew by three. That brings the total number of claims from current and former employees against the cable news network to 23, with the latest involving employees from Fox News Radio.
The New York employment law firm Wigdor, LLP, which represents all 23 cases, has added Fox News Radio shift editor Kathleen Lee, former accounts payable coordinator Naima Farrow and former accounts receivables specialist Vidya Mann to their expanding client list.
According to Bloomberg, in addition to the management and talent purging at the network, it may now face increased pressure as its corporate parent 21st Century Fox is looking for approval from U.K. regulators of its $15 billion acquisition of Sky Plc.
In the latest claims, Lee says she faced retaliation for reporting “sexist and harassing conduct.” Farrow describes a “racially hostile work environment” and says she was fired days after telling a supervisor she was pregnant. Mann levies similar charges, saying she was fired after giving birth and was also subject to racial discrimination.
These claims are similar to Jerusalem-based Fox News Radio Network reporter Jessica Golloher’s recently filed suit which stated that while the network encourages employees to report harassment amid its barrage of ongoing legal claims, instead of addressing complaints, Fox is using its harassment hotline “to paint targets on the backs of employees.” Golloher said she was fired within 24 hours of requesting to speak with the network’s independent investigator.
Most recently, such claims have led to the resignation of network copresident Bill Shine—who is accused in several cases of ignoring complaints of race and sex bias—and anchor Bill O’Reilly. Network chief Roger Ailes, who passed away last week, resigned last year after he was sued by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.