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Sexual harassment claim results in exit of Fox News Channel's CEO

Employees here in Texas who have been subjected to unwanted advances and other inappropriate behavior might be applauding the resignation of Fox News Channel's CEO, Roger Ailes. His departure from the network comes on the heels of a sexual harassment claim filed by Gretchen Carlson who used to be a co-host on "Fox and Friends," the station's morning talk show. The complaint and the resignation have brought the issue of sexual harassment back into the limelight.

Carlson claims that Ailes made inappropriate and unwanted advances towards her. She further claims that her career has suffered since she rebuffed him. The complaint triggered an internal investigation that caused additional women to claim Ailes sexually harassed them as well.

It is not unusual for victims of sexual harassment to remain silent for fear of suffering from retaliation or of being terminated. Furthermore, they do not think they will be believed or could even be blamed for the incident. One poll indicates that one out of every four women have been sexually harassed at some point during their work lives. If companies fail to take the appropriate action against harassers, victims will continue to suffer while perpetrators continue their careers and even move up the ladder.

Texas victims of sexual harassment have the right to come forward and demand that their employers take action to make it stop. If an employer fails to respond appropriately and the employee suffers damages as a result, the filing of a claim might be the next step. Change is only made when people are brave enough to come forward and demand it.

Source: USA Today, "Roger Ailes' exit may help all sexual harassment victims", Charisse Jones, July 24, 2016

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