Fox News has come under fire for its handling of sexual harassment allegations against its employees. The network has been accused of protecting its employees and tolerating a culture of sexual harassment.
One of the most recent cases involves Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
In April 2017 it was revealed that Fox News had paid out $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly. The settlements were made with five different women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment.
In response to the allegations Fox News released the following statement:
“Bill O’Reilly has been an important part of our company for over 20 years.
We have full confidence in his abilities as a host and we’re pleased that he has agreed to continue his role on The O’Reilly Factor.”
However many people are not satisfied with Fox News’ response to the allegations against O’Reilly. In particular many are critical of the network’s decision to keep O’Reilly as a host on The O’Reilly Factor.
Jeanne Micek a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder is one of the people who is critical of Fox News’ handling of the O’Reilly allegations. In an op-ed for The Washington Post Micek wrote that Fox News “failed miserably” in its response to the O’Reilly allegations.
Micek also took issue with Fox News’ statement that O’Reilly had been with the company for over 20 years.
She pointed out that many of the women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment had also been with the company for many years.
“For Fox News years of loyalty apparently count for more than the years of suffering its female employees allegedly endured at the hands of O’Reilly and others” Micek wrote.
Micek also criticized Fox News for its treatment of Gretchen Carlson a former Fox News host who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network in 2016.
Carlson accused Fox News of firing her in retaliation for her complaints of sexual harassment.
“In contrast to its treatment of O’Reilly Fox News was quick to dismiss Carlson characterizing her claims as ‘retaliatory’ and her complaint as ‘ meritless'” Micek wrote.
In her op-ed Micek called on Fox News to do better in its handling of sexual harassment allegations.
“Fox News needs to do better. The network has an opportunity to show that it is committed to stamping out sexual harassment in the workplace. But it has failed miserably so far” Micek wrote.