The women are not only suing Slater, but also Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox, alleging that Slater's superiors essentially allowed her behavior to continue by doing little to address it.
Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright sued the news organization Tuesday in a Bronx Supreme Court lawsuit in New York City that charged they and "other dark-skinned employees suffered years-long racial animus" from Judith Slater, a former senior vice president and company controller.
In the lawsuit, Brown and Wright claimed that on several occasions, Slater ridiculed and mocked them based on their race, and that Slater's racist behavior created a hostile work environment that resulted in severe and pervasive discrimination and harassment.
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When a video surfaced online showing National Football League star Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee, the lawsuit alleges, Slater said, "Why are all black men women-beaters?" and also pointed to O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Chris Brown.
On one occasion, Slater asked Wright, a mother of three, if her children "were fathered by the same man", according to the lawsuit.
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The suit also includes allegations that Ms. Slater made disparaging comments about Ms. Wright's hair and credit score. Slater also allegedly referred to black men as "women beaters" and said she would never travel to certain parts of Manhattan that were predominately black for safety issues.
The network said it was disappointed at the "needless litigation". Slater was recently terminated by Fox News after the company received numerous complaints that she had acted inappropriately.
The other was when Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly responded derisively to a video of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) making a speech. Fox said Brown was still a Fox employee and Wright made a lateral move, with the same pay and benefits.
The suit claims that Brown and Wright turned down a settlement offer from Fox in response to their initial complaints. They are reportedly seeking unspecified damages.
"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", Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen of the Wigdor law firm, who are representing the two women, said in a statement.