Another day, another law suit for Fox News and 21st Century Fox

A Fox News radio correspondent filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming she was sacked for complaining about sex discrimination, after the USA television network encouraged employees to report harassment amid a barrage of legal claims.

Golloher's email to lawyer Michele Hirshman said simply: "I'm having some issues at FOX".

The lawsuit claims Golloher was sacked as "retaliation" for her trying to file a complaint.

However, "Ms. Golloher soon learned that Fox, rather than treating complaints of discrimination as worth prompt and confidential consideration, instead used them to paint targets on the backs of employees", the complaint adds. "The decision to terminate Ms. Golloher can only be described as a blatant act of retaliation".

Yet another female employee is filing a suit against Fox News.

The firing comes as the network touts a hotline its employees can use to voice their complaints.

Trouble: Golloher contacted the lawyers after Fox set up an in-house complaints line as a result of high-profile sexual harassment claims.

Further, the lawsuit alleged that Davis told Golloher to send him photos of her reporting for a piece, but said that photos she sent him were "horrible" and that she was "much better looking in person".




As Reuters reports, the lawsuit alleges Jessica Golloher, who covers North Africa and the Middle East for Fox News Radio Network, followed protocol in April when she reported sex discrimination to an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, the firm retained by the company to conduct an internal investigation into harassment complaints.

"What is even more dumbfounding, however, is that Fox Radio's Vice President and General Manager, who conducted the termination in question was, according to media reports, fired from his prior job at ABC, after ABC learned of his improper use of online material that included a sexually explicit photograph that was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The 25-page complaint also alleges that she was prevented from carrying out on the ground reporting in Afghanistan as it was "too dangerous". Golloher came to Fox News Radio in 2008, as a foreign correspondent.

Golloher was the Middle East/North African correspondent, based in Jerusalem. One incident recounted in the complaint involved Golloher being told to go out "on the street" while covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to report on a recent ban on "lacy underwear imports" enacted by Moscow. However, Fox chose a man who didn't even speak Russian to report the games.

Golloher did not consider complaining to human resources because she had heard the department "was not to be trusted as it had failed to assist employees with valid concerns", according to the lawsuit.

She said the company often turned down her story ideas 'using such pretexts as unsafe conditions or expense of traveling for the story, yet male reporters were sent to the precise locations she had pitched'.

Less than 24 hours later, Weinbloom emailed Golloher telling her to call Davis.

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