Fox News has reached a nearly $10 million settlement to end racial and gender discrimination lawsuits involving 18 current and former employees, according to the New York Times.
The settlements include a class-action lawsuit filed by Fox News anchor Kelly Wright and employees from the network’s accounting department, The Times reported Tuesday.
Wright claimed in the lawsuit that he was sidelined by the network’s “plantation-style management.”
The African-American news anchor joined Fox News in 2003, and alleged that he faced an uphill battle at the network to advance his career.
In April 2017, Wright took part in a news conference about the filing saying Fox News “failed to be fair and balanced to all of our employees regardless of race, gender, faith, creed or color.”
Fox News denied the claims at the time and said: “We will vigorously defend these cases.”
The settlement – reached by the network’s parent company 21st Century Fox – also includes a race, gender and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by a former reporter at Fox 5 New York, as well as a gender discrimination claim filed by a Fox News Radio reporter.
As part of the agreement, the remaining employees must leave the network and not seek future employment with Fox.
A spokesperson for Fox News and Douglas H. Wigdor, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, issued a joint statement saying: “The parties have reached mutual agreements that resolve various cases involving former Fox News employees.”