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2 more prominent reporters are accused of sexual harassment

A Fox News correspondent and a Washington Post reporter are the latest to suffer negative job actions due to apparent sexual harassment complaints. Fox's James Rosen reportedly left Fox News after the network began looking into sexual misconduct allegations against him. Joel Achenbach of the Post has been given a 90-day suspension after unspecified misconduct said to involve female colleagues.

The New York Times detailed the allegations, some of which were first reported by NPR. According to NPR sources, Rosen "had an established pattern of flirting aggressively with many peers and had made sexual advances toward three female Fox News journalists, including two reporters and a producer."

Rosen is among several Fox News employees accused of misconduct. In the past, host Bill O'Reilly was forced out after a Times investigation discovered that he and Fox had paid settlements totaling at least $13 million to women who had accused O'Reilly of harassment. Later, chairman Roger Ailes was fired after several employees accused him of sexual harassment.

As for Achenbach, fewer details are available. A spokesperson for the Post refused to say what was alleged or how many women were involved. She said that Achenbach was on 90-day disciplinary leave after an investigation indicated "inappropriate workplace conduct."

"The Washington Post is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all employees," said the spokesperson. "We will continue to investigate any allegations that come to light and will take further action if necessary."

In a statement, Achenbach admitted he had "said and done things that were unprofessional" and apologized to the women affected. He also acknowledged their courage in coming forward.

The Post reported that a 90-day suspension is among the most severe penalties it has imposed for "violations of its workplace or journalistic standards."

Have you experienced sexual harassment on the job? Take action.

For a person who has experienced sexual harassment, the success of the #MeToo movement should be somewhat vindicating. At the same time, seeing alleged harassers punished may not be as important to you as getting your life back. If you've suffered serious or repeated sexual comments, unwelcome advances, unwanted touching or other sexual misconduct, you know that it's highly disruptive.

You deserve to be able to work without that disruption. We recommend discussing your situation with an employment law attorney who can help you build a strong case while protecting you from retaliation.

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