Former CBS News anchor Mary Bruce says the sexual harassment she experienced while working at the network in the late 1990s and early 2000s was one of the reasons she left the company.
Bruce, who joined the network as a reporter in 2003, was accused by another former employee of sexual misconduct and then fired.
Bruce’s story first aired on “60 Minutes” in January 2018.
Bruce filed a lawsuit against the network on Wednesday, alleging her dismissal was retaliation.
Bruce says she has suffered severe emotional distress since the firing.
She filed the lawsuit in federal court in New York City.
The suit alleges that the company fired Bruce because she was the most senior female reporter on the show, and because she did not have a seniority in the network.
Bruce says in the suit that she was also under a confidentiality agreement and could not talk about her case because of the legal action.
CBS declined to comment on the suit.
Bruce is the first woman to file a lawsuit on behalf of the sexual assault and harassment victims of the network, according to the lawsuit.
The women’s lawyers argue that sexual harassment and assault of women has not been addressed in a fair way in the decades since the scandal broke in 1991.
The lawsuit also cites CBS’s treatment of women employees since 1991.
CBS says the company is committed to equality and diversity and has taken steps to address harassment, including hiring a senior HR executive, launching a diversity initiative and working with a sexual harassment survivor support group.
Bruce was fired from CBS in December 2018.
She had served as a producer and anchor at CBS News since 2000.