Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Lisa Banks was quoted in the Washington Post, discussing Bill O’Reilly’s contract with Fox News. The piece, titled “Testimony: Bill O’Reilly had a contractual provision virtually allowing sexual harassment,” details how O’Reilly could only be dismissed from Fox if allegations of sexual harassment were proven in court – an unlikely outcome given O’Reilly’s stature and resources.
According to Ms. Banks, “He would never let a claim go to trial where he would even have the slightest chance of losing.”
Because of this clause, Fox could not immediately get rid of O’Reilly, the way it did with former Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
While Fox did fix this in O’Reilly’s most recent contract, the fact that this clause was ever written into a contract shows that “Fox lawyers and executives knew that this [allegation of sexual harassment] was a big issue,” explains Ms. Banks.
Ms. Banks was also quoted in a similar story in Salon. Click here to read it.
Read the full Washington Post story here.