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Opinion Gretchen Carlson: Fox News, I Want My Voice Back

00:00  14 december  2019
00:00  14 december  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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When my retaliation and sexual harassment complaint against Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman and C.E.O., went public in 2016, there were no #MeToo or Times Up movements to help rally support for my cause.

Posters of Fox News personalities including Gretchen Carlson , center, at the News Corporation headquarters in New York in 2016.Credit Mike Segar/Reuters. There are those who say to victims, “You took money in exchange for staying quiet, so what’s the problem?” and “If you want to talk, give

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a close up of Gretchen Carlson: Gretchen Carlson in West Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday.© Rozette Rago for The New York Times Gretchen Carlson in West Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday.

When my retaliation and sexual harassment complaint against Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman and C.E.O., went public in 2016, there were no #MeToo or Times Up movements to help rally support for my cause. In the years that followed, many more women have found the courage to come forward, calling out Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Charlie RoseHarvey Weinstein, and other powerful men accused of abusing their power. When I sued, I could have never known that my story and the stories of other women at Fox would turn into both a television mini-series and a film, and, more important, that I would be prohibited from speaking about these projects.

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Carlson wants her " voice back ," she said. " I want it back for me , and for all those silenced by forced arbitration and NDAs." NBC recently announced it will release former employees from their nondisclosure agreements, and Carlson hopes Fox News will follow suit. "We have a right to say

Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News , was accused on Wednesday of forcing out a prominent female anchor after she refused his sexual advances and complained to him about persistent harassment in the newsroom, a startling accusation against perhaps the most powerful man in television news .

Three years ago, receiving a public apology from 21st Century Fox and retaining the right to speak about harassment generally felt like big wins. And they were. But had I known my complaint would help ignite such a profound cultural shift and that I would be depicted onscreen, I would have also fought against signing the nondisclosure agreement, or NDA, that prevented me from discussing my experiences while working at Fox News. At the time, I just wanted to bring closure to an ugly chapter in my life; I thought it would, at the most, lead to a week of press attention — not spawn a mini-series and a movie and become part of a global rallying cry.

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Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is calling for Fox News to follow NBC's lead and release her from a non-disclosure agreement she signed as part of a settlement after her I want it back for me , and for all those silenced by forced arbitration and NDAs," citing the positive momentum started when

“Winning” my complaint with a settlement and a nondisclosure agreement meant I was, essentially, forced into silence. NDAs were originally designed to safeguard the sharing of proprietary corporate information (think the formula for Coca-Cola), not to protect predatory behavior. Although NDAs usually prohibit employers from disparaging victims, whisper campaigns often follow women for years. As I documented in my book “Be Fierce,” the vast majority of survivors never work in their chosen professions again. American industry has lost many talented women to harassment, while allowing predators to continue climbing the professional ladder (where they have the potential to victimize even more women).

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There are those who say to victims, “You took money in exchange for staying quiet, so what’s the problem?” and “If you want to talk, give your settlement money back.” These sentiments miss the point and perpetuate the lie that victims benefit from being sexually harassed. First of all, buying silence instead of stopping harassment is immoral and unjust. Next, the settlements are made not just in exchange for secrecy, but to make up for lost wages, because once you find the courage to come forward, your “reward” is often that you’ve lost your job (and potentially your career). And lastly, NDAs foster a culture that gives predators cover to commit the same crimes again.

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“ I ’m Gretchen Carlson , the woman at the center of the Fox News sexual harassment scandal who took down Roger Ailes,” she stated, as the room I want my voice back ," Carlson told the crowd, announcing the launch of the Lift Our Voices initiative, which she co-created with fellow Fox alumna

Journalist Gretchen Carlson publicly called on Fox News to release her from the non-disclosure agreement she signed three years ago as part of a settlement of her sexual harassment lawsuit against her former boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes: “ I want my voice back .” In a New York Times op-ed

Ironically, while most of the real women involved in the Fox News scandals remain muzzled by NDAs, two high-profile Hollywood projects (Showtime’s limited series “The Loudest Voice” and Lionsgate’s upcoming feature “Bombshell”) can freely tell stories without our participation. While projects like these will certainly inspire more women to come forward, and while it’s certainly flattering (and surreal) to be depicted by such remarkable, empathetic actors as Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman, my experience is yet another example of why the laws governing NDAs must change.

In practical terms, my NDA means I am legally prohibited from discussing — in public and in private — what happened to me. It means I cannot consult with filmmakers, writers, journalists or anyone else telling my story — whether it’s about the depiction of me, my family or the events themselves — nor can I comment on the accuracy of a final product. I don’t know precisely what Fox would do if I violated the agreement, but presumably it’d take legal and financial actions. It’s a strange and frustrating reality.

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MONTCLAIR, N.J. — When Gretchen Carlson was asked how her last week had been, she looked down at her wrist. “These are the bracelets I wear on my arm,” Ms. Carlson , the former Fox News anchor, said in “And I wanted to stand up for other women who maybe faced similar circumstances.”

Gretchen Carlson : Every day has been surreal. For the most part it’s been a positive and rewarding part of my life, not that there also haven’t been painful It’s disappointing that somebody who was fired from Fox would be given a venue to come back on as a guest, especially based on the reasons that

Gretchen Carlson, Shepard Smith are posing for a picture: Posters of Fox News personalities including Gretchen Carlson, center, at the News Corporation headquarters in New York in 2016.© Mike Segar/Reuters Posters of Fox News personalities including Gretchen Carlson, center, at the News Corporation headquarters in New York in 2016. Prohibited from telling my story, for three years I’ve focused on helping other women tell theirs through “Be Fierce” and my Lifetime documentary “Breaking the Silence.” I’ve worked with members of Congress to introduce the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act, a bill that has achieved bipartisan support from leaders including Senators Lindsey Graham and Kirsten Gillibrand. When two leaders so ideologically different are on the same page about forced arbitration, it really says something. Harassment in the workplace is apolitical.

I want my voice back. I want it back for me, and for all those silenced by forced arbitration and NDAs. There is positive movement in this direction. NBC’s recent announcement that it would release former employees from their NDAs is an important step and one that should be emulated across business, media and politics. New Jersey has already passed a law prohibiting NDAs in harassment cases, and California recently outlawed forced arbitration as a condition of employment. This week, former Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky and I launcheda new nonprofit organization called Lift Our Voices to advocate an end to the harmful practice of mandatory NDAs, confidentiality provisions and forced arbitration clauses that have prevented employees from publicly discussing and disclosing toxic workplace conditions, including sexual harassment and assault. This is the next phase in the #MeToo movement, and it is one that needs to gain traction if we truly want to change the culture for better.

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After suing Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016, Gretchen Carlson wants to ensure that NDAs don't continue to stand in the way of exposing workplace misconduct. I want my voice back ," Carlson told the audience. "And I want to protect yours."

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Today I call on Fox News to release me, and all employees forced to sign NDAs as a condition of harassment settlements, from these agreements immediately. None of us expected or wanted a workplace dispute — we were simply the ones who had the ability and the courage to speak up, and for that, we lost our jobs. We have a right to say what is factually correct or incorrect about what happened. We have a right to our voices and our truths. I urge executives at Fox to do what’s right and take this step today. For the sake of all women, in every workplace. That would be the biggest bombshell of all.

Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) is a journalist and the author of “Be Fierce.”

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