EEOC Files Class Action Sex Harassment Suit Against Fox News

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a class action lawsuit against Fox News alleging a pattern of sexual harassment, retaliation and discriminatory pay and promotion practices at the conservative news outlet. Here is an excerpt from the factual allegations of the suit:

Fox, including through its Vice President Joe Chillemi (?Chillemi?), sexually harassed and subjected Weiler and a class of similarly situated female employees to a hostile work environment because of their sex. Chillemi routinely used gross obscenities and vulgarities when describing women or their body parts (referring, for example, to women?s breasts as ?tits? and declaring that something was ?as useless as tits on a bull?). He routinely used obscenities and vulgarities with women employees that he did not use with male employees (such as telling women that they had put his ?cock? or ?dick? ?on the chopping block?). Chillemi routinely cursed at and otherwise denigrated women employees and treated them in a demeaning way (including telling women not to be a ?pussy? but to ?be a man?, and referring to women as being a ?bitch?). He made a number of derogatory comments about pregnant women (such as regularly stating that a pregnant woman had ?tits? that were ?fucking huge? and like ?cannons? or ?melons? and the on-air talent?s breasts needed to be ?covered? or not shown when the pregnant woman was being filmed). In addition, at a department discussion about a segment on sexism in the workplace, Chillemi said that in choosing who to hire ?if it came down between a man or a woman, of course I?d pick the man. The woman would most likely get pregnant and leave.? Women in the Fox Advertising and Promotions departments supervised by Chillemi were also referred to in a derogatory way by a supervisor as his ?Promo Girls.? Defendant Fox has discriminated against Weiler and a class of similarly situated female employees in the terms, conditions and privileges of their employment, including assigning women primarily to freelance positions with less benefits, less advancement potential and less job security and not appropriately assigning women to full staff positions

And here is a copy of the lawsuit. This suit comes on the heels of the network's settlement of a sex harassment suit brought against it and its star anchor Bill O'Reilly in 2004.Sexual Harassment, Pregnancy Discrimination, Age Discrimination, San Antonio, Employment Lawyer