Why Reporting Harassment and Discrimination Often Directly Leads to Unemployment

Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in a Washington Post Op-Ed titled, “Another woman has settled a claim with Fox News. And another woman is now out of a job.”

Diana Falzone was a top performer at Fox News as an anchor on the webcasts of FoxNews.com. In January of 2017, she wrote an essay about her struggle with endometriosis, a painful disorder affecting the uterus. Shortly thereafter, Falzone was banned from all Fox outlets. When she sought an answer from her supervisors, she was advised to start looking for a new job. Falzone sued Fox in May 2017 before reaching a settlement with the company.

Falzone joins a long list of women to file suit against or settle claims with the media giant, but an even longer list of victims of harassment and discrimination who have lost their job after reporting their mistreatment.

Employers don’t want to worry about continuous legal liability, explains Ms. Katz, and letting the employee go prevents any potential future retaliation claims. “It is a rare employer who thanks the person for coming forward and says, ‘We want you to stay here and remain in this new safe and nondiscriminatory environment.’”

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