Gretchen Carlson plans to fight for sexual-harassment legislative reform

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Gretchen Carlson plans to use her experiences with sexual harassment to help change the law in the United States regarding forced arbitration.

Carlson, who settled a lawsuit with former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes after accusing Ailes and other co-workers of sexual harassment, graces the cover of this week'sTimemagazine, talking about her plans to fight for legislative reform inside.

She's set to testify before Congress after the election about forced arbitration — language in employee contracts that requires employment disputes to be resolved via that private method as opposed to letting them pursue litigation — as part of anti-forced-arbitration laws sponsored by Democratic senators Patrick Leahy and Al Franken.

"A lot of people that I've heard from [about being unfairly dismissed] find themselves in the middle of either legal action or, more likely, forced arbitration," said Carlson. "It is a huge problem. Because it's secret. And it plays into why we think that we've come so far in society and we probably really haven't — because we don't hear about it."

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She continued, "The intent of the Supreme Court when they ruled on arbitration was to unclog the courts. It was not to put issues of discrimination and harassment into covert operations."

Carlson shared previous experiences she had with sexual harassment prior to the Ailes scandal, including a cameraman making inappropriate comments about her breasts, noting that he felt them when he adjusted her microphone, in her career.

The former Fox News anchor declined to talk about Ailes or her former company. She did, however, have a comment about Donald Trump's recent tape and sexual-assault allegations.

"I am saddened by the prevalence of powerful men disrespecting and objectifying women — and getting away with it for years," said Carlson. "I am particularly distressed when people in the public eye who influence our culture perpetuate sexism."

On a lighter note, the reporter pointed out that Carlson's dog uses a Donald Trump chew toy that says "Bite me" on it. Carlson commented that she owns a Hillary Clinton one, but the dog prefers to chew on Trump.

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