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Federal authorities are suing Fox News Channel for allegedly retaliating against a reporter after she complained about unequal pay and job conditions based on her gender and age.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, FNC reporter Catherine Herridge filed an internal complaint in 2007 alleging discriminatory practices.
In its internal investigation, Fox found no evidence of bias, but the EEOC said the network later included language in Herridge’s employment contract that was intended to stop her from making any more complaints.
Herridge refused to sign the contract, and the network agreed to remove the language after she complained to the EEOC.
The EEOC seeks unspecified monetary damages and a court order enjoining Fox from retaliating against other employees.
An FNC spokeswoman declined a request for comment from the Associated Press on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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