Fox News was hit with a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its payroll department. According to the lawsuit filed last week in New York State Supreme Court, two black female employees claimed they were the subject of “top-down racial harassment” by Fox’s comptroller Judith Slater. The two payroll employees—Tichaoana Brown and Tabrese Wright—accused Slater of repeatedly making inappropriate racial comments and often referred to majority-black department as the “urban” payroll. Slater was recently fired from Fox News.
Both women have declined a settlement offer and are seeking damages from both Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox.
And now, a third employee has sued Fox News alleging that Slater repeatedly hurled racial slurs at her, additionally mocking her for having battled cancer. All three appeared on Good Morning America today, along with their attorney.
In response to the suit, Fox said in a statement: “We take complaints of this nature very seriously and took prompt and effective remedial action before Ms. Brown and Ms. Wright sued in court and even before Ms. Wright complained through her lawyer. There is no place for inappropriate verbal remarks like this at Fox News. We are disappointed that this needless litigation has been filed.”
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