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06 May 2017, 02:14 | Nina Hammond
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A former Fox News Radio correspondent filed a lawsuit on Thursday, claiming she was sacked after using the hotline set up for employees to report cases of sexual harassment.
The complaint by Golloher, the Middle East and North Africa correspondent for Fox News Radio, was filed Thursday in NY state court in Manhattan.
Golloher filed the lawsuit in NY court saying she filed a complaint in April against Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison firm accusing them of sex discrimination. She said, for instance, that she was essentially forced to work as an assistant to a male colleague covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russian Federation.
As we allege in the complaint, terminating an employee within 24 hours of utilizing the "hotline" that Fox has touted as a defense to the O'Reilly sexual harassment matters is yet another indication of its lack of oversight and retaliatory animus for those that are courageous enough to report unlawful conduct. Two Fox News executives and anchor Bill O'Reilly have been ousted in recent months following accusations of harassment and racial discrimination at the leading cable news network. Now, one reporter alleges that she was sacked by Fox News for using the hotline-and she's suing the company.
A 21st Century Fox representative told Deadline on Wednesday that Gollaher's case is "without merit", and that the former employee's claims of "discrimination or retaliation" are "baseless".
"[The] Defendants' decision to terminate Ms. Golloher is a transparent act of retaliation and a clear attempt to silence yet another victim of discrimination at Fox", the suit states. "We will vigorously defend this matter".
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The lawsuit states, "Repeatedly throughout her work for Fox, Ms. Golloher was marginalized and subject to discrimination based on her gender".
The 25-page complaint also alleges that she was prevented from carrying out on the ground reporting in Afghanistan as it was "too dangerous".
The suit also accuses Fox News Radio anchor and producer Dave Anthony of "speaking down to her" but she "never heard Mr. Anthony patronize or speak down to similarly- situated male reporters".
The hotline Golloher used was often touted by Fox News as a way for employees to file complaints about discrimination. She reported to the men starting in 2008, when she was based in Moscow.
She said the company often turned down her story ideas 'using such pretexts as risky conditions or expense of traveling for the story, yet male reporters were sent to the precise locations she had pitched'.
After Golloher complained to her supervisor about having to do "secretarial" work, she was placed on an overnight shift, while Owen was assigned a more desirable day shift.
Less than 24 hours later, Weinbloom emailed Golloher telling her to call Davis. In another example, the suit says, Golloher was told by her manager to "find better pictures of herself" and that she was "much better looking in person".
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