By Claire Zillman
September 7, 2016

Gretchen Carlson got her revenge; now she’s getting paid.

According to Vanity Fair, the former Fox News anchor will receive $20 million from the channel’s owner, 21st Century Fox, to settle the sexual harassment claims she filed against former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who resigned in July. Carlson said in a statement that she was “gratified” with the company’s “decisive action” following her lawsuit, and she thanked the other women who came forward.

If you think Carlson’s settlement is a nice chunk of change, it certainly is. It ranks high among some of the biggest sexual harassment settlements in U.S. history. But then consider how Ailes has fared. The one-time television exec, who’s denied Carlson’s claims, received an exit package worth a reported $40 million, he’s now an adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and his former company on Tuesday made a rare public apology on his behalf. It’s hard to count Carlson’s $20 million payout as a victory for working women when her alleged harasser, Ailes, made out even better.


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