Fox News Asks for Arbitration to Settle Tantaros Harassment Claim
Tuesday, November, 8, 2016
Fox News Channel has requested the sexual harassment claim filed by former employee Andrea Tantaros be settled through mediation, instead of in a courtroom. The network claims Tantaros “… craves the spotlight of a public courtroom in order to hawk some copies of her book.” Tantaros and her attorneys issued a statement that the existing arbitration agreement did not pertain to tortuous behavior such as retaliation or harassment claims, which is the case in this instance.
The network maintains the claims are all related to Tantaros generating attention for herself in order to boost sales of her book. The networked pointed out her ploy to avoid the parameters of her arbitration agreement has already generated a “firestone of publicity, including [an] appearance on Good Morning America… to discuss her claims against Fox News, while she was still employed by Fox news.” Fox asks that the court compel Tantaros to honor her contractual obligation to arbitrate the claims.
Tantaros filed her lawsuit in August 2016 against two of her superiors at the network. The lawsuit also mentioned on-air personality Bill O’Reilly. According to the lawsuit, “Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.” Tantaros described a variety of instances in which she felt uncomfortable and detailed the way in which network executives encouraged her to dress in a provocative manner.
In response, the network demanded Tantaros honor her arbitration agreement and called her an opportunist. Tantaros is one of several employees who have made similar claims against the company.