In May, Wigdor LLP announced that it reached a settlement agreement with 21st Century Fox on behalf of multiple plaintiffs alleging race and gender discrimination at Fox News.
The lawsuits included a race discrimination class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 11 current and former Fox News employees who alleged that no action was taken after repeatedly complaining about “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination” at the network. Wigdor LLP Founding Partner Douglas H. Wigdor represented the plaintiffs with partners Jeanne M. Christensen and Michael J. Willemin.
The New York Times was the first to break the story, and noted that a race, gender and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former Fox5 reporter, and a gender discrimination lawsuit was filed by a Fox News Radio reporter.
The Times acknowledged that that, “Mr. Wigdor had pointed out how 21st Century Fox had paid $40 million to Mr. Ailes and $25 million to Mr. O’Reilly, and said, ‘Outside the context of the mediation, any amount under what Ailes and O’Reilly got in total would be unjust.’ ”
Wigdor also testified before UK regulators in November 2017 amid their review of 21st Century Fox’s multibillion-dollar bid to purchase British media conglomerate Sky.
The firm was prominently featured in the 2016 edition of New York’s Leading Lawyers.