Two black women employees at Fox News filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that Judith Slater, the company's former comptroller, subjected them to "top-down racial discrimination" during their time working for her in the payroll department, according to the New York Times. "Brown and Ms. Wright sued in court and even before Ms. Wright complained through her lawyer", the statement said.
Brown and Wright say Fox executives "intentionally turned a blind eye" as Slater indulged in bigoted rants against black workers.
Fox said there was no place at the network for such inappropriate remarks and fired the executive involved, Judith Slater, on February 28.
A Fox News spokeswoman said, "We take complaints of this nature very seriously and took prompt and effective remedial action before Ms". Slater also allegedly accused black employees of mispronouncing words like "month", "father", "mother", and "ask" - and requested Brown actually say those words in a meeting.
Slater is said to have made "disparaging comments about Ms. Wright's hair and credit score". And now, the news outlet has been hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit. Slater was sacked on February 28. Slater was sacked after an internal investigation, according to a story first reported by The Wrap.
The women also said that "days before this lawsuit was filed", Brown was sacked and Wright demoted.
It also alleges that Slater made similar insensitive remarks to members of other ethnic groups who worked in her department. They are reportedly seeking unspecified damages.
The complaint states, "As described herein, Plaintiffs and other dark-skinned employees suffered years-long relentless racial animus at the hands of their white supervisor, Slater, an eighteen-year employee and former Senior Vice President ("SVP") of Accounting and Controller of Fox".
Although the women claimed to have been fired and/or demoted after reporting Slater, Fox has maintained that they both are still employed.
Although the network considers the lawsuit "needless" and claims they took all the necessary precautions, the Wigdor law firm - Brown and Wright's representation - rests their confidence in the "good men and women of the Bronx" to "hold Fox accountable for what we believe to be is abhorrent racist conduct, reminiscent of the Jim Crow era".