Gretchen Carlson Gives Exclusive Interview to 20/20 on Sexual Harrassment

By A.J. Katz 

This Friday, 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas reports a special hour focusing on sexual harassment, interviewing accusers and exploring what to do when faced with the issue. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will be featured in the episode, giving her first TV interview to 20/20 about the harassment she says she faced throughout her life. Carlson tells Good Morning America’s Amy Robach that she was sexually harassed for the first time shortly after becoming Miss America and also during her TV career. Additionally, Carlson’s daughter, 13-year-old Kaia, discusses why she thinks her mother is a role model for women.

Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Chairman and CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes, who stepped down after mounting pressure came from multiple employees with similar accusations. 21st Century Fox settled the lawsuit with Carlson for $20 million and issued a public apology.

Also in the hour, a former Wall Street trader talks about the sexist atmosphere he says he observed at the workplace, and a former human resources exec reveals how HR departments may not always be on the employees’ side when it comes to a complaint of sexual harassment.

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