Fox News Network, a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sex discrimination suit.
The accord, if approved, will end a November 2005 lawsuit claiming Fox News Vice President Joe Chillemi used obscene terms to describe women and their body parts. The money will be divided among four women in the advertising and promotion department, and the company will train workers on discrimination law, the EEOC said. Fox denies any wrongdoing.
The EEOC complaint said Fox News failed to enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act by retaliating against one of the four employees, Kim Weiler, who complained that women were assigned to freelance positions with fewer benefits, less advancement potential and lower job security than others.
The complaint claimed Chillemi, during a department discussion about discrimination in the workplace, said that when choosing between hiring a man or a woman, “of course I’d pick the man. The woman would most likely get pregnant and leave.”