Gretchen Carlson, the long time Fox News anchor, has been awarded a settlement in her sexual harassment case against the network, 21st Century Fox announced today. Carlson, who announced she was suing Fox in June, alleging that its head Roger Ailes had repeatedly harassed her and made inappropriate comments, something numerous other employees said as well, leading to his ouster.
The settlement is reported to be $20 million, a portion of which Ailes himself will be responsible for. Per their statement:
“We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement, which announced the settlement, but did not specify a dollar amount.
“During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism.”
“I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my complaint. I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace. I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.”
Fox News also simultaneously announce the departure of anchor Greta Van Susteren. No word on if her leaving has any connection to the Carlson case.