CNN host Alisyn Camerota’s mother has sued the network, alleging she was subjected to a hostile work environment and “harassed and intimidated” during her tenure there, according to a complaint filed Monday.
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the network to pay Camerota $3 million in damages and $1 million in attorney fees to Michelle and Eric Camota, who said they were harassed and intimidated during their time at CNN.CNN spokeswoman Melissa Lee told CNN that Camerota had agreed to pay $3.5 million and to pay attorneys fees to the Camsters in the lawsuit.
Lee also said that Camerotas attorneys had not yet submitted a response to the lawsuit filed Monday by the Camots.CNN said it would respond to the suit at a later date.
The Camots filed their complaint in April in federal court in Los Gatos, California, saying they were the victims of an “attempted hostile work, hostile environment and hostile working environment,” according to the complaint.
Camerota, 45, and her brother, Anthony, 41, worked for CNN from 1999 to 2013 as news anchor and correspondent.
Anthony Camota was killed in 2016.
The Camots claim they were “targeted and subjected to hostile work and hostile work environments” by employees in their reporting roles, according the complaint, which was filed by attorney Lisa M. Shafer and obtained by The Associated Press.
CNN said the Camotes have hired an outside attorney.CNN has not yet responded to the filing by the two Camots, who have worked at CNN for more than 30 years.CNN says the Camtos claim their work was “constitutionally protected speech.”
The network has been under fire for its treatment of former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders after she was accused of sexually assaulting two men in 2016 and also for hiring an anchor who allegedly assaulted a woman in 2014.CNN is in the midst of an investigation into its handling of the Sanders allegations.CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.