Reporter says Fox News fired her for using harassment hotline

Reporter says Fox News fired her for using harassment hotline”

Golloher says she made a decision to take the opportunity to file a formal complaint about what she had experienced, but was informed her contract would not be renewed shortly after emailing Fox's outside counsel to set up a time to speak.

"Putting aside the fact that very few employees were even aware that a hotline existed prior to its mention in recent press accounts, Jessica Golloher, Fox News Radio Network's Middle East/North Africa correspondent, did summon the courage, on April 17, 2017, to email 21st Century Fox's purported independent investigator and request an opportunity to speak with her regarding issues at Fox", court documents obtained by The Wrap read. In 2013, she was informed that Fox News had assigned Simon Owen as lead reporter to cover the winter games.

She said the company often turned down her story ideas 'using such pretexts as unsafe conditions or expense of traveling for the story, yet male reporters were sent to the precise locations she had pitched'.

Fox did not provide further details, but a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap that her position was eliminated due to broader budget cuts at Fox News Radio.

Fox allegedly "marginalized" Golloher based on her gender in her time there; in once instance, included in the suit, she says she was asked to serve as "an assistant" to a less experienced male colleague while covering the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

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. She reported to the men starting in 2008, when she was based in Moscow. She also alleges that Fox Radio anchor Dave Anthony talked down to her and acted as if she was a "vapid, unintelligent female reporter".

A Jerusalem-based Fox News employee is suing the network for discrimination and retaliation, following up on a statement made to European regulators that more litigation was coming by an attorney who is representing more than a dozen clients against the network.

Less than 24 hours later, Weinbloom emailed Golloher telling her to call Davis.

"Ms. Golloher complained about the disparate treatment she received as compared to her male peers", the complaint state.

Furthering emphasizing on Gollher's statement, her attorney Douglas Wigdor said, "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 fearless enough to report unlawful conduct".

A Fox News spokesperson also denied the allegations, saying the network would "vigorously defend the matter".

The lawsuit claims Golloher routinely faced gender discrimination, and when she complained she was told to just 'fly under the radar'. The former correspondent seeks declaratory, injunctive and equitable relief, and monetary damages.

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