A Fox News anchor and a contributor to the channel were named in a lawsuit filed by a makeup artist. TMZ reports that Juan Legramandi sued anchor Harris Faulkner and contributor Angela McGlowan, along with the network itself and others at the channel, alleging they discriminated against him because he’s gay.
TMZ reports that the court documents allege McGlowan walked past Legramandi and another openly gay stylist in a green room in February 2018 and said, “Ugh! It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah in here!”
“Juan also claims in September 2017 he was doing Faulkner’s hair when a news story involving Hispanic women crossing the southern U.S. border came on a nearby TV,” TMZ adds. “In the suit, obtained by TMZ, he says Faulkner launched into a xenophobic, anti-Latino tirade … which allegedly included the statement, ‘Hispanic women are so ignorant.'”
Legramandi reportedly told Faulkner his mother is Hispanic and he was born in Colombia, to which Faulkner allegedly responded, “Your family is from a third world country.”
Legramandi says he filed a complaint with HR but nothing was done.
“After he filed that report, he claims, Jill Van Why [senior VP of programming operations] told him, in June 2018, everyone is replaceable … which he took as a threat,” TMZ reports. “Juan says he was later fired — the lawsuit doesn’t mention the date — by Van Why and Marsheila Hayes, a VP of diversity and inclusion at Fox News.”
Legramandi is reportedly suing the network and the four women for sexual discrimination, ethnic discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, age discrimination and retaliation.
Fox News responded with a statement saying: “Fox News denies these allegations and will vigorously defend against these baseless claims.”