Bill O’Reilly, the well-known political commentator on Fox News, has cost Fox News millions of dollars. Fox News has settled five complaints from five different women for sexual harassment. All five of those complaints involved Bill O’Reilly. Mr. O’Reilly settled a case himself in 2004 with Andrea Mackris, a former producer, for $9 million. I previously wrote about Bill O’Reilly and Fox News here. Fox News just recently settled one major lawsuit involving Roger Ailes. Those allegations also involved Mr. O’Reilly. See CNN News report.
Of course, Mr. O’Reilly threatened legal action in reaction to this news story, initially published by the New York Times. Fox News is now being run by Rupert Murdoch’s sons. Apparently, Fox News is making efforts to make the work place more friendly to women. They have held trainingon sexual harassment. Let us hope so. As the news report mentions, besides the five cases resulting in settlement, there were other reports of sexual harassment against the Fox News star. If there is one known complaint, there are surely two or three others in which the victim chose not to complain.
Too, these settlements cost the employer millions of dollars. Bill O’Reilly must have been a real producer for Fox News to accept this level of liability.