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Discrimination suits proceed against Fox, minus Roger Ailes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/29/2017 By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. The death of the Fox News founder has left questions about how it could impact the backlog of lawsuits accusing his network of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. The death of the Fox News founder has left questions about how it could impact the backlog of lawsuits accusing his network of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers say the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes won't slow down lawsuits by former employees who say they faced a hostile workplace.

FILE - In this April 26, 2017, file photo, Fox News anchor Kelly Wright appears at a news conference in New York with his attorney Douglas Wigdor, left, to discuss his part in a lawsuit accusing the network of racial discrimination. Wigdor, who represents 23 former or current Fox employees suing the company, suggested more lawsuits may be on the way. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 26, 2017, file photo, Fox News anchor Kelly Wright appears at a news conference in New York with his attorney Douglas Wigdor, left, to discuss his part in a lawsuit accusing the network of racial discrimination. Wigdor, who represents 23 former or current Fox employees suing the company, suggested more lawsuits may be on the way. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The 77-year-old Ailes died earlier this month after a fall at his home. Lawyers had hoped to see him testify, putting a face on the claims against his former network.

But they say his absence is unlikely to matter much. Most of the litigation is likely to be resolved without trial.

And Ailes was never named as a defendant in the majority of suits brought in the last year by employees, former employees and others affiliated with the network.

Ailes was forced out of Fox News last July after former anchor Gretchen Carlson claimed he sabotaged her career after she spurned his sexual advances.

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