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Gretchen Carlson takes her fight against workplace silence on sexual misconduct to Beacon Hill

Posted On: Jan 28, 2020   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

The national hush-money debate took center stage in Boston, with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson defending her $20 million settlement and saying she wouldn't rule out a future political run.
Carlson, who came to the State House Monday to push a ban on nondisclosure agreements, was asked by a local female TV reporter why she just didn't give the money back if she wanted to speak out.
“Our culture makes you ask that question,” said Carlson, who filed a lawsuit against Fox News chief Roger Ailes in 2016, saying she was demoted and then fired after she rejected Ailes' sexual advances and complained about workplace harassment.
“So when women are paid in settlements, they're not just paid to shut up,” Carlson said. “They're also paid for their career because they never work again.”
Carlson, the first of more than 20 women to accuse Ailes of sexual misconduct, got the settlement and a public apology from Fox but had to sign a nondisclosure agreement that prevents her from telling her story. Carlson's...

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