Fox News: Gretchen Carlson sues CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment
Gretchen Carlson is suing Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
According to papers obtained by PEOPLE, Carlson is alleging that her former employer “Ailes has unlawfully retaliated against Carlson and sabotaged her career because she refused sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”
Carlson, now 50, claims the biggest former of Ailes’ retaliation was her firing from Fox News on June 23, nine months after he allegedly “ostracizing, marginalizing and shunning” the Real Story anchor before suggesting she engage in a sexual relationship with him.
Also under fire in Carlson’s filing is former Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy, whom Carlson claims “regularly treat[ed] her in a sexist and condescending way” when they worked together and “engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment” that was tantamount to treating her as “a blond female prop.”
Carlson alleges Ailes, now 76, called her a “man hater” when she complained to him in 2009 about Doocy’s behavior and subsequently “pursued a highly personal agenda” by limiting her assignments and exposure on the network, and ultimately firing her from Fox & Friends in 2013, which resulted in a new time slot and a pay cut.
Carlson’s suit claims Ailes held the viewpoint that “Carlson everything as if it ‘only rains on women’ … [and was] ‘offended so God d— easy about everything.'”
She alleges he asked “her to turn around so he could view her posterior,” commented on her body and wardrobe and once told her “she was ‘sexy,’ but ‘too much hard work.'”
Carlson, 50, is seeking an undisclosed amount for “lost compensation, damaged career path, damage to reputation and pain and suffering damages.”
Ailes and Fox News did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.