Gretchen Carlson Following O'Reilly's Departure From Fox News: 'No More Silencing Women!'

If anyone should feel vindicated right now, it's Carlson.

Gretchen Carlson is having a good week.

The former Fox News host who sued the company over CEO and Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes' alleged sexual misconduct has been encouraging women to speak out, and now she's seeing more results. This week, Fox News's most popular host — Bill O'Reilly — saw his time with the company come to an end after a series of sexual harassment settlements and accusations. (He has denied the allegations.)

In the wake of news around O'Reilly's departure, Carlson took to Twitter to remind women of the power in speaking out. 


Carlson sued Fox News and Ailes in 2016 after she said she was fired from the company for refusing to sleep with Ailes. Carlson was eventually awarded $20 million in a lawsuit and helped shine a light on a dozen other women who reportedly accused Ailes of sexual harassment during his time at Fox News. 

The Fairness in Arbitration Act, which Carlson advocates for passing in her tweet, is meant to stop corporations from using forced arbitration — or the act of finding a solution without filing a lawsuit and going to court — which many big companies use to shield themselves from real accountability.

"By coercing women to remain silent about illegal behavior, the employer is able to shield abusers from true accountability and leave them in place to harass again," Carlson wrote for TIME. "The arbitration process — often argued to be a quicker and cheaper method of dispute resolution for employees —instead has silenced millions of women who otherwise may have come forward if they knew they were not alone."

Carlson's hope is that by passing The Fairness in Arbitration Act, women will no longer be forced into silence by signing contracts that — in the event of a dispute — force them into arbitration and prevent them from filing a lawsuit. 

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Carlson wasn't shy about the satisfaction of seeing some justice. And really, who could blame her?

"Obviously, I can't talk about the details of the case, but my goodness, I don't need to," Carlson told The Daily Beast in an interview. They described her as "beaming." 

"The benefit for me is that I can be an advocate for this issue," Carlson said. "We've got a lot of work to do. I never expected to be the face of this issue. Who would?"


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