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Fox Radio Reporter Claims She Was Fired 24 Hours After Complaint

06 May 2017

The complaint suggests the decision to fire the radio reporter, four-months before her contract was due to expire in August, was made "knowing that Ms Golloher had previously made internal complaints about gender discrimination".

"Ms. Golloher complained about the disparate treatment she received as compared to her male peers", the complaint state. "Her allegations of discrimination and retaliation are baseless", the representative said.

The response was 'a subtle warning that Ms Golloher would be retaliated against if she chose to push the issue, ' the lawsuit claims.

In 2017, Golloher claims she pitched a story to Davis and Director of News Programming Hank Weinbloom (both of whom are named in the lawsuit) which involved her being on the ground in Afghanistan.

In a statement, Fox News dismissed the allegations."Jessica Golloher's claims are without merit".

Golloher's complaint also points out that Davis, one of the employees who made the decision to fire her, was reportedly dismissed from his previous position at ABC News for sending a sexually explicit photo over the company's computer network, prompting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved.

She emailed the law firm on April 17: 'I'm having some issues at FOX. "I'd really appreciate it", according to the complaint.

Golloher, who is seeking unspecified damages, says Fox violated New York City and state laws prohibiting workplace discrimination.

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Golloher claims that she didn't feel complaining to Human Resources at Fox News was a "viable option" because she "heard that HR was not to be trusted as it had repeatedly failed to assist employees with valid concerns".

In the lawsuit, filed in NY state court, Golloher says that in April she reported sex discrimination to a lawyer at the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which Fox retained a year ago to conduct an internal probe of harassment complaints. It's the latest lawsuit in a string of legal actions aimed at the news giant.

The suit was filed by attorney Douglas Wigdor, who is representing eleven current and former Fox News employees who have filed a racial-discrimination lawsuit against the company (Fox News "vehemently denied" the claims), and who this week offered comments via letter to Ofcom, a British regulatory agency that is reviewing whether 21st Century Fox meets required standards to purchase Sky, the British satellite-TV giant.

'Specifically, EBG, on behalf of Fox, threatened to 'seek sanctions and other remedies in the appropriate forum'.

In a statement, Golloher's defense team alleged that she was sacked in retaliation just 24 hours after contacting the law firm conducting an investigation about allegations against the netowork.

The source said Golloher's contract, which was scheduled to expire in August, was not renewed for budget reasons after the company made a decision to eliminate its radio operations in the Jerusalem bureau due to budget cuts across Fox News Radio.

The source also said the Paul Weiss law firm attempted to follow up with Golloher twice after she contacted them, but she never replied.

Fox Radio Reporter Claims She Was Fired 24 Hours After Complaint