Black employees allege discrimination by Fox News, say bosses made them arm wrestle white colleagues

Last month, two black female employees of Fox — which, as you may have heard, is not exactly having a great year re: treatment of female employees by management — sued Fox News, alleging racial discrimination. The women, payroll manager Tichaona Brown and payroll coordinator Tabrese Wright, assert that Judith Slater, comptroller, subjected them to “top-down racial harassment.” As the New York Times reported, Slater was allegedly “making numerous racially charged comments, including suggestions that black men were ‘women beaters’ and that black people wanted to physically harm white people.”
This week, New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman is reporting that seven black Fox News employees plan to join that lawsuit. Though Slater was fired in February (after the litigation began), the payroll employees’ attorneys also insist that accounting director Tammy Efinger be removed from a supervisory role as well because she, too, was involved in the racist actions, allegedly laughing along with the statements by Slater instead of intervening. Maybe the most appalling of all alleged racist misdeeds of these managers, as Sherman reports: “Slater demanded that black employees hold ‘arm wrestling matches’ with white female employees in her office, just down the hall from Ailes’s office on the 2nd floor of Fox headquarters.” As the letter from the employees’ attorneys reads, “Forcing a black woman employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying.” Fox News has yet to comment.

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