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Retaliation Case Against Ousted CBS This Morning Host Charlie Rose Gets Tossed

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A New York judge dismissed a retaliation case against veteran television journalist and former CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose. The suit claimed Rose retaliated against three female employees who complained about his sexual harassment.

According to Variety, New York Supreme Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan stated in her ruling that while Rose allegedly disparaged the women, with him calling one a "f***ing idiot" and another a "f***ing kindergartner," it doesn't show this was retaliation under New York City's Human Rights Law.

Katherine Brooks Harris, Sydney McNeal and Chelsea Wei worked with Rose in 2016. Brooks Harris and Wei were with CBS This Morning, and McNeal was his assistant at PBS, where he hosted Charlie Rose. In their lawsuit, the women alleged they were assigned jobs where they "were required to spend a substantial amount of time working with Mr. Rose." The women alleged he subjected them to "repeated, ongoing and unlawful physical and verbal sexual harassment, including without limitation: (a) sexual touching; (b) sexual comments; and (c) sexual advances.”  

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The women who are all in their 20s sued CBS and Rose in May, where they claimed sexual harassment and retaliation. CBS fired Rose from the morning show November 2017, a day after the claims were made, and PBS canceled his self-titled show in 2017. CBS News made an undisclosed settlement with the three women. Ling-Cohan has ruled the plaintiffs can still go after their claims of discrimination and retaliation against Rose.