A series of protests against Fox News’ treatment of female employees at its studios has led to the firing of two senior executives and a warning to the company’s parent company that it faces legal action.
Fox News said in a statement that it had fired the company chief executive and president of programming, Bill Shine, after “serious allegations” of gender bias and sexual harassment.
Shine is also no longer with the company, the statement said.
The company said in its statement that Shine “was brought to the attention of the company and the leadership team at Fox, including the company chairman, in April 2017 by an employee who alleged inappropriate conduct.”
The employee told Fox News that Shine harassed her.
A second Fox News executive, Jim Acosta, was fired last week after the network’s top legal and ethics official raised questions about Acosta’s treatment of a woman who was harassed by a former Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly.
The company said Acosta has been terminated and its lawyers will seek a court order barring him from the company.
Acosta was one of the top legal minds at Fox.
The network’s lawyers said in their lawsuit that Acosta did not comply with company policies in dealing with a woman with whom he had a sexual relationship.
Acostos lawyer, Michael Sexton, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Acostos lawyers are working to find the legal avenue to get Acosta reinstated.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in a Florida court.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The women involved in the allegations are not named in the lawsuit.
In addition to Shine, Shine has been fired from his position at the network, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the company was not identified in the complaint.
A Fox News spokeswoman said in the statement that the company is committed to an environment free from harassment and discrimination.