Former Fox Employees Want to Be Released From NDAs

Gretchen Carlson, Julie Roginsky talk to CBS This Morning
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2019 3:03 PM CDT

NBC said last week it would release former employees from their non-disclosure agreements if asked, and now six former Fox News employees are asking that network to do the same. Among those employees are Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky, who spoke to CBS News about their request. "The way in which we continue to subjugate women and keep them down is through NDAs and silencing them. It's really a harasser's best friend," said Carlson, who was the first to allege sexual harassment and discrimination at the hands of Fox News' then-president Roger Ailes. Roginsky is another; both women settled lawsuits with the network and, as a result of NDAs signed as part of those settlements, are not permitted to speak publicly about the alleged harassment.

"That's the way we have decided as a culture to resolve sexual harassment cases and it's wrong," says Carlson of the settlement and NDA process. The women also aren't allowed to speak publicly about how they're portrayed in the media—like, for example, the upcoming movie Bombshell, in which Nicole Kidman plays Carlson. "We would've liked to have been able to tell our sides of the story, so that's strange and frustrating," says Carlson. Adds Roginsky, "We want to speak for ourselves. ... This is not an issue that's only emblematic of one industry or one political persuasion, its emblematic of an entire culture and a society that tells women that they need to keep quiet. And that has to end." (Read more Fox News stories.)

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