Fox News Hit With New Lawsuit

Two African American women employed by Fox News filed a lawsuit against the network and recently axed comptroller Judy Slater, alleging a broad pattern of “top-down racial harassment” that they claim the company tolerated for years.

In a suit filed Tuesday in New York Superior Court in the Bronx, former payroll manager Tichaona Brown and payroll coordinator Tabrese Wright allege that they were subjected to ongoing racially charged harassment and discrimination by Slater, a 19-year veteran of the company who is white.

As TheWrap exclusively reported on Friday, Slater was fired late last month after an internal investigation concluded she had engaged in a pattern of racist comments and behavior — a decision the suit claims occurred “because Fox knew this would become a public matter and wanted to salvage its reputation.”

According to the suit as well as a second individual familiar with the network’s investigation, Slater regularly stereotyped African American employees’ speech, openly complaining that they mispronounced words, and on one occasion asked Wright if all three of her children were fathered by the same man.

Originally published by The Wrap.