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Lessons from Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against Fox News

California residents may be familiar with the lawsuit filed earlier in 2016 by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. Her suit, which alleged sexual harassment committed by Roger Ailes, the network's then-CEO, was settled by Fox for a reported $20 million. There are several things to learn from Carlson's lawsuit.

Workplace gender discrimination and male employees

By favoring women in certain circumstances, California employers, co-workers and even family members can contribute to gender discrimination against male workers. A common example is an employer allowing a new mother to take extra leave while disapproving of this practice among new fathers. Men who choose careers in female-dominated sectors like nursing could also experience discrimination.

Employers allowed to engage in legal discrimination

California employers can legally discriminate against their employees for any reason except those covered under federal and state anti-discrimination laws. People could be fired for being too attractive without their employer facing legal liability. The same goes for a variety of other discriminatory reasons, including weight and political affiliation.

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