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This just in, via Law360: Fox News has settled Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against former CEO Roger Ailes for a (reported) whopping $20 million. That's less than the reported $60 million contract buyout of Mr. Ailes, but still pretty good.

Since the link to Law360 won't work, and it requires a paid subscription anyway, here's a link to an article in Vanity Fair

Well, Gretchen is out, Roger is out, and Megyn is in. Your Magic 8-Ball is here to answer the sexual harassment questions that employers are dying to ask.

No. 1. I thought sexual harassment investigations were supposed to be confidential. Wasn't it Magic 8-Ball 2.flickrCC.frankieleoninappropriate for all of the Fox on-air talent to be expressing their opinions in public about whether Roger Ailes did it or not? 

With only $60 million to call his own?

For my prior coverage of the Gretchen Carlson-Roger Ailes sexual harassment allegations, go here and here. Here is the Fox press release.

Reportedly Megyn Kelly and other Fox News women told an outside law firm that was investigating Ms. Carlson's allegations that Mr. Ailes had behaved inappropriately with them, too.

I will have a wrap-up post soon.

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Me and my nerdy mind.

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"Uh-oh."

It's too soon for me to have an opinion about who's right and who's wrong in the Gretchen Carlson-Roger Ailes sexual harassment case. Some very disturbing allegations have been made about Mr. Ailes' (long before Fox) having a "casting couch" for prospective female talent. If that's true, then it's disgusting.

On the other hand, a number of current ...

I assume everyone has heard by now about Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, head of Fox News.

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"Bah! It's just a 'he said/she said'!"

I read the lawsuit yesterday, and some of the things that Mr. Ailes allegedly said struck me as . . . taken out of context. He has forcefully denied the allegations.

But in Ms. Carlson's defense, a number of women have ...

As our firm's Marketing Department likes to say, "Think before you tweet." A staffer at MSNBC was fired yesterday because of a tweet that started a political firestorm.

Cheerios.pngThe story involves Cheerios, biracial families, the Republican National Committee and MSNBC. (Sounds like the start of a joke . . .)

Last May, there was a really cute Cheerios commercial involving a biracial family.

(I ...

I'm sure by now you have all heard about the controversy that erupted after Slate columnist Aisha Harris Santa.Thomas Nast.434px-MerryOldSanta.jpgsuggested that Santa Claus be replaced by a "holiday penguin," which she perceived to be more inclusive than a rosy-cheeked white fat guy from up North.

And then Megyn Kelly of Fox News got in trouble for saying in response that Santa Claus was (1) a real dude and (2) a white dude.

At ...

Covered mouth.jpgWho, if anybody, has the right to use the "N" word in the workplace? Should an employer treat African-Americans who use this language differently from non-African-Americans who do?

These are perennial questions that arise during harassment training, and there has been little guidance from the courts or the EEOC. The opinions of individual lawyers no doubt vary. My own advice has ...

A couple of recently reported decisions -- one involving pregnancy discrimination, and the other involving state-law tort claims -- indicate that some employers may need to get their acts together. Of course, the decisions were issued at preliminary stages of the litigation, so let us hope that these bosses aren't really as bad as their employees have made them sound.

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Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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