NEW YORK (AP) – Fox News has settled a lawsuit with four women who claimed a company vice president sexually harassed them, creating a hostile workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday.

The settlement, submitted for approval in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, includes $225,000 for the four women, the EEOC said in a statement.

The settlement also requires that Fox News take steps such as training and revised policies, to prevent any future discrimination and retaliation.

In a statement Monday, Fox News “denied all wrongdoing in this action and subsequent settlement.”

The EEOC filed a lawsuit last November contending that Fox News discriminated against female employees and subjected them to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment because of their gender.

The lawsuit asserted that Fox had unlawfully discriminated at its New York headquarters since February 2003, during which time one of its vice presidents routinely used obscenities and vulgarities with female employees.

The lawsuit said the offending words were not used with male employees.

The EEOC argued that the unlawful practice caused emotional pain, embarrassment and humiliation for women.

Three of the four females are no longer employees at Fox News.


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