NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News has settled a lawsuit with four women who claimed a 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 women, the EEOC said in a statement.
The settlement also requires that Fox News take steps such as providing training and revising its policies to prevent future discrimination and retaliation.
Fox News said in a statement that it "denied all wrongdoing in this action and subsequent settlement."
The EEOC sued in November, contending that Fox News discriminated against female employees and subjected them to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
The lawsuit asserted that Fox had discriminated at its New York headquarters since February 2003. The male vice president routinely used obscenities and vulgarities with female employees, the suit said.
The offending words were not used with male employees, the suit said.
The EEOC argued that the women suffered emotional pain, embarrassment and humiliation.
Three of the four women no longer work at Fox News.