dglobalnews.com Two Black Women Suing Fox News For Racial Discrimination and Harassment
Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Two Black Women Suing Fox News For Racial Discrimination and Harassment

Two Black Women Suing Fox News For Racial Discrimination and Harassment

On Tuesday, two black women filed suit against the cable news network for what they allege was "top-down racial harassment" while working in the Fox News payroll department. The result, according to the lawsuit, was a hostile work environment with "severe pervasive discrimination and harassment".

A news ticker runs outside News Corp.'s headquarters in NY last week during the "Fox and Friends" program.

In response to the suit, Fox News told the Times in a statement: "We take complaints of this nature very seriously and took prompt and effective remedial action [against Slater] before Ms".

Slather also allegedly made fun of black employees, saying that they mispronounced words such as "mother", "father", "month" and "ask", and actually asked Brown to say those specific words out loud during a meeting.

Wright also asserted that Slater once asked if her three children were all "fathered by the same man".

Brown and Wright say that black people were not the only minorities targeted by Slater's rants.

Among the "unlawful discriminatory statements and conduct engaged in by Slater" that is alleged in the complaint are claims that she 'ridiculed black employees by mocking stereotyped speech, ' once asked 'Why are all black men women-beaters?' and 'regularly talked about her fear that black people want to physically harm white people'. And now, the news outlet has been hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit.

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The network said it was disappointed at the "needless litigation".

Brown claims in the complaint that she too was sacked as a result of bringing forth this lawsuit, and Wright was demoted as a result. Wright was transferred to a different department this week, she said, but not demoted.

"Despite being well aware of Slater's racist conduct, executives at Fox did nothing to put an end to it and intentionally turned a blind eye", the suit against Slater, 21st Century Fox, Inc., and Fox News Network LLC alleges. They are reportedly seeking unspecified damages.

Slater was sacked from the company on February 28 after 18 years working for 21st Century Fox.

News of the lawsuit came on the same day that Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly was accused of making racist remarks about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Brown says that she was sacked in retaliation for suing, though Fox News said in a email that she has not been fired.

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