Two black women who worked in the Fox News payroll department claim the company's longtime comptroller, Judith Slater, subjected them to "top-down racial harassment", the New York Times reports.
Putting on a stereotyped accent, Slater mocked black employees by pronouncing words such as "mother", "father", "month" and "ask" as "muva", "fava", "monf", and "axe", according to the complaint.
On Tuesday, Fox News was hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit from two black female employees who are accusing a white executive of racial harassment and the network of ignoring their complaints.
Fox said it takes these matters very seriously and that it took action against Slater before the lawsuit and before Wright had complained through her lawyer. Brown remains employed, Fox News told NYTimes.com even though the suit says she was sacked.
Slater, Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox are named as defendants. "We are disappointed that this needless litigation has been filed".
"We are confident that the good men and women of the Bronx will hold Fox accountable for what we believe to be its abhorrent racist conduct reminiscent of the Jim Crow era", Wright and Brown's lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, said in a statement to PEOPLE.
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".
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Following a string of sexual abuse and harassment lawsuits, which resulted in former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes being ousted from the company, the conservative news network is facing another set of allegations - though this time, they are slightly different (though equally disturbing) in nature.
During Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's domestic violence scandal, Slater allegedly brought up the cases of other black celebrities such as O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Chris Brown before asking: "Why are all black men women-beaters?"
Fox News defended its handling of the situation, noting that it had fired Slater. Brown joined Fox in 2008 and was sacked on Monday, according to the lawsuit, though the company contended on Tuesday night that she was still one of its employees.
Wright also asserted that Slater once asked if her three children were all "fathered by the same man".
Slater is said to have made "disparaging comments about Ms. Wright's hair and credit score".
Wright has been demoted, according to the suit.
Both women have refused to accept a settlement offer.