The former anchor ignored an arbitration provision in her multi-million dollar contract in order to “tar” Ailes’ reputation, the CEO claims.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes wants to move ex-anchor Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment dispute to confidential arbitration, citing a provision in her contract that demands disputes be arbitrated by a three-member panel.
“Plaintiff improperly filed her public Complaint with the Superior Court, as opposed to filing it with the
The motion claims Carlson’s decision to sue only Ailes, and not Fox, is a transparent attempt to evade the arbitration provision.
“Federal, New York and New Jersey law all definitively hold that a plaintiff cannot avoid an agreed-to arbitration provision with her employer by just suing a corporate officer,” the motion reads. “The Third Circuit has directed that ‘[b]ecause a principal is bound under the terms of a valid arbitration clause, its agents, employees, and representatives are also covered under the terms of such agreements.'”
Ailes’ attorney David W. Garland writes in the motion that Carlson’s ploy is a shameless publicity campaign and her attorney Nancy Erika Smith “knows better.”
“There is no legal basis upon which she can rightfully assert that she was entitled to sue Defendant Ailes in court and sully his reputation in public,” Garland writes.
Garland also on Friday filed a notice of removal to move the proceedings to federal court, arguing that because Carlson is suing for lost compensation and her salary was “in excess of $1 million annually,” state court is an improper venue.
Carlson sued on Tuesday, claiming she was terminated for refusing Ailes’ sexual advances and complaining about pervasive harassment in the workplace.
Carlson’s legal team has not yet responded to the motion.
Source: Hollywood Reporter – Top Story