Forcing a black employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying. But don’t tell that to Fox News. Several black employees are suing the network for being forced to arm wrestle their white co-workers for their bosses ‘entertainment’, several news outlets reported.
According to the Daily mail, seven black employees are expected to join a racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News.
New York Magazine cites a letter sent to the network on behalf of the former staff which alleges that the arm wrestling matches were orchestrated within the accounting department and aimed at black female employees.
The lawsuit, filed by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wrigh, is leveled primarily against Fox News comptroller Judith Slater, and alleges the workers were subjected to “top down racial harassment.”
The letter, obtained by New York Magazine and initially sent to the network’s lawyers, paints the picture of a dysfunctional and toxic work environment. The letter makes the claim that Slater demanded her black employees hold arm wrestling matches with white employees.
“Forcing a black woman employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying. This highly offensive and humiliating act is reminiscent of Jim Crow-era battle royals,” the letter reads, according to the New York article.
The allegations come at a time where a magnifying glass is being placed on the work culture of the news network, after several high profile employees made disgraced exits.
Recently the network’s shining star, Bill O’Reilly, was ousted after reports emerged that he had settled numerous lawsuits that allege sexual harassment—action was taken after a large contingent of advertisers pulled their work from O’Reilly’s show. Prior to that, long-time head of the network, Roger Ailes, was forced to resign following several accusations of sexual harassment.