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The Blaze Responds to Lawsuit From Sydney Watson
Watson sued for sex and religious discrimination and wrongful termination.
A Former Blaze Media employee and e-celeb filed a lawsuit against the conservative media empire in February alleging sex and religious discrimination, wrongful termination, and “creating and tolerating a hostile work environment.”
Blaze Media responded to Sydney Watson with a motion to dismiss or stay the proceedings forcing arbitration.
You can download Blaze Media’s response in full here:
We’ve broken down some highlights from the response below.
The reason The Blaze asks for arbitration is they claim that Watson was an independent contractor and had entered into an arbitration agreement with The Blaze
Watson also complains about her growing discomfort, specifically citing when suspected closeted homosexual, Nick Fuentes, appeared on her show. But in a text to Blaze Media’s CEO she admits she’s “glad” about Fuentes being on the show and did not “mind women haters.”
Regarding the notorious Jack Murphy incident, Blaze Media displays proof Watson personally added Murphy’s name and contact information to a list of guests to book for the program. Furthermore, The Blaze highlights Watson made an entire merchandise line based off Murphy and his response to her after she called him out for being a literal cuckold.
For those unaware of the Jack Murphy incident, you can watch a short summary here.
In her complaint, Watson also alleges she had growing discomfort with the show. However, The Blaze provides substantial text messages that show otherwise.
The Blaze also cites a situation when Watson told them she didn’t want to co-host her existing show anymore. In response, The Blaze offered Watson an opportunity to keep working as an independent contractor to develop her own show or co-host a different broadcast. The Blaze states Watson agreed and took time off while she continued to collect pay from The Blaze. The Blaze then claims they didn’t hear about the alleged sexual harassment associated with her show until August 2022, two months after The Blaze claims Watson indicated she still wanted to work with them.
Additional text messages seem to contradict Watson’s claims and indicate that she was pretty happy with the situation at The Blaze:
These messages and responses from Watson don’t really add up to a “hostile” and “toxic” work environment. The messages seem to indicate that Blaze Media management consistently checked-in on Watson to make sure she was doing ok and offer solutions.
Maybe Watson assumed The Blaze wouldn’t have receipts.
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