*In an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, Anita Hill, the attorney who became a household name 25 years ago after accusing then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, shared her thoughts on the similar scandal surrounding former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
Ailes has left the cable news network he co-founded, but Hill thinks the company should do more to punish him.
“One thing I would have the Fox News network do is to take back the $40 million [severance package] that Roger Ailes reportedly has received,” Hill told NPR after being asked how employers can address sexual harassment in the workplace. “It seems to me that sends a very bad signal, and in fact if the allegations are proven to be true, then certainly not only has he violated the law, but I would also say that he has actually injured the company in a way that would keep him from being entitled to a severance pay.”
When Ailes resigned in July, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that he pocket $40 million, the remainder left on his contract, which originally extended into 2018.
Ailes resigned after a number of women came forward and claimed they’d been sexually harassed by the veteran TV executive, including former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes that preceded the additional revelations.
Hill, who was portrayed by Kerry Washington in the 2016 HBO film “Confirmation,” also discussed how the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace has changed over the past 25 years.
“We’ve come a long way since then,” Hill said. “It is now a part of the public conversation.”