Contact Us

Bill O’Reilly Fired From Fox News Over Sexual Harassment Accusations – Local Attorney Provides Background Information

Rob Kim
Rob Kim

Viewers of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News found out on Wednesday that Bill O’Reilly, the 67 year-old anchor, had been fired over accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Here in Missoula, KGVO News reached out to local attorney Quentin Rhoades for general information about sexual harassment in the Montana workplace.

“The Montana Human Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex in the workplace,” said Rhoades. “There are two sets of harassment. The first if the ‘quid pro quo’, where an employer expects an employee to perform certain acts to get a promotion. The other kind of sexual discrimination is called a ‘hostile work environment’. That’s where the boss is conducting himself in a way that makes people feel uncomfortable in a sexual manner. It could be by posting photographs, telling off-color jokes, or making comments based on sex.”

Rhoades said there are special protections for employees who lodge complaints about sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace.

“If you invoke the Montana Human Rights Act and the employer retaliates, then it’s the same as if the employer had committed the harassment,” he said. “If you report this kind of behavior, they have to take it seriously, and if there’s anything to it, a, they have to do something about it, and b, they cannot retaliate against you.”

Anyone who may suspect that they are the victims of sexual harassment or discrimination should contact the Montana Human Rights Bureau.

Best of KMMS AM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The 1450 Delegation quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The 1450 Delegation contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.