Fox News recently made headlines with Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment finally being exposed, but that is not the only dangerous thing about the work culture at Fox. Maybe they will finally be held accountable for the sexist, racist culture that is perpetuated by the corporation.
There are mounting allegations that there was also blatant racial discrimination at the network, and seven black Fox News employees plan to join an existing racial discrimination suit filed last month, according to NY Mag.
The original lawsuit, brought by two African American employees, alleges that Fox News’s longtime comptroller, Judy Slater, subjected members of Fox’s payroll staff to racial insults. Slater also allegedly demanded that black employees hold “arm wrestling matches” with white female employees in her office, reported The Root.
“Forcing a black woman employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying,” the letter states.
Slater no longer works for Fox News because of the lawsuit.
Fox’s accounting director, Tammy Efinger, is also implicated in the lawsuit. Lawyers say that Efinger bragged about wanting to “fight” a black employee that laughed at Slater when she spewed her racist comments.
A day before Fox announced the termination of Bill O’Reilly, a former black employee came forward to say that O’Reilly leered at her and made grunting noises when he passed her desk. He also referred to her as “hot chocolate.”
It is great to see Fox News being held accountable for their actions. If you know anyone that has experienced a similar situation there, then please encourage them to speak up now!
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)