UH OH: Fox News Hit With MORE Bad News After High Profile Departure

UH OH: Fox News Hit With MORE Bad News After High Profile Departure

Things are going from bad to way worse at Fox News. Not only did they lose most of their major talent over sexual harassment allegations, the racism card was just thrown. Remember when I told you Fox was getting ready to implode? Behold… current and former Fox News employees have joined together to file a massive racial discrimination lawsuit against the troubled cable news network. Anchor Kelly Wright just joined the lawsuit. Twelve former and current employees are charging Fox News with “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.” That’s another nail in Fox’s coffin right there.

A thirteenth employee has filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, says the workers’ attorney Douglas Wigdor. The latest alleged victims were added to a lawsuit originally filed March 28th in the Bronx Supreme Court in New York. The original plaintiffs, Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, alleged they and “other dark-skinned employees suffered years-long racial animus” from Judith Slater, a former senior vice president and company controller. Another person, Monica Douglas, joined that case when an amended suit was filed April 4th. This is really bad news for Fox.

From the New York Times:

Eleven current and former Fox News employees filed a class-action lawsuit in New York against the network, accusing it of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.”

The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, expands a complaint filed at the end of March by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black women who worked in the Fox News payroll department. In particular, the suit contends that Judith Slater, the company’s longtime comptroller, engaged in racist behavior and made racist remarks and that senior executives ignored her actions. A third Fox News employee, Monica Douglas, joined the lawsuit earlier this month. Fox News fired Ms. Slater in February.

“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne M. Christensen, said in a statement, referring to Fox News’s parent company. “We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs.”

Former co-host of Fox and Friends, Kelly Wright, who has been at Fox for 15 years is now going after his employers over race. “Despite his outstanding performance, and because he is Black, Mr. Wright has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ – the racist caricature of a Black entertainer,” according to the suit. Fox says they want “to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.” But attorneys for Wright argue that that “sadly, nothing could be further from the truth,” their suit charges. “Indeed, the only consistency at Fox is the abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination that was inflicted on minority employees that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment.”

That right there is a knock-out punch from the left in their effort to take Fox News down. Fox News is claiming the allegations are false and are copycat suits of one filed last month. The really awful thing here is that the charges don’t have to be true… they just have to get out there which they have already done. The damage will keep on growing here. The attorneys are claiming: “While Fox executives were busy either participating in or looking the other way at the barrage of sexist, demeaning conduct hurled at its female employees, these same executives allowed this repugnant racial discrimination to go unchecked as well,” they say in the suit.

This is lawfare and it could break the back of Fox News or damage its reputation permanently. Those working there are surely setting up exit strategies as all this goes down. You could see this coming a mile away. The racism allegations are deadly.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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