A recently filed sexual harassment claim against Fox Business Network host Charles Payne is the latest in a string of allegations and cases affecting the FOX News network. An unnamed woman claims the popular “Making Money” host subjected her to coercion and threats in order to gain sexual favors. In a recently published tabloid article, Payne admitted to carrying on a three-year affair with a married female political analyst who was a regular guest on the show. After the article appeared, the network promptly suspended Payne, pending further investigation. These most recent allegations raise concerns about the need to do more to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual harassment can occur in any workplace. In situations such as found at FOX News, sexual advances can occur among coworkers or with guests. The case involving Roger Ailes was related to alleged sexual advances by an employer towards an employee. The case involving popular host Bill O’Reilly appeared to involve both guests and co-workers. The recent allegations against Charles Payne involve a guest.
Any time a person is subjected to unwanted sexual advances by someone within the company, whether a superior or not, it is sexual harassment. When unwanted sexual advances are made in the workplace, the one on the receiving end must report the behavior to superiors. If nothing is done, there are legal solutions such as lodging a formal complaint with governing authorities and, in some cases, filing a lawsuit. Often, a victim who has not been protected by superiors at the place of employment will do both.
Montgomery County Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. Represent Victims of Sexual Harassment
The Montgomery County sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. are dedicated to protecting individuals from unfair treatment in the workplace. To discuss your potential claim, schedule a free consultation by calling 215-569-1999 today or contact us online. From our Philadelphia offices, we serve all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.