Racism

Yet Another Employee Sues Fox News

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Today is a day that ends with Y so it's time for another lawsuit against Fox News.

Yet another employee has filed a lawsuit against Fox alleging a long pattern of racial discrimination that was ignored by executives.

The employee, Monica Douglas, Fox News’ manager for credit collections, alleges that she was subjected to years of racist slurs by Fox’s longtime comptroller, Judy Slater. Among the allegations, Douglas asserts that Slater complained she had “black eyes” as opposed to the “Aryan race” who have blue eyes and blond hair; called her Brooklyn neighborhood “the murder capital of the world”; and expressed “an unwillingness to even be near black people.”

What we now know is that racial discrimination lawsuits filed by (3 and counting) black employees are actually tied to the ongoing Roger Ailes scandal.

According to Monica Douglas's lawsuit, network executives protected their insanely-racist comptroller Judy Slater because she "knows too much" about the network's secret legal settlements paid out to the victims of Roger Ailes.

That neatly ties this whole shitshow together, doesn't it? Deplorable people protecting other deplorable people because they all know each other's incriminating secrets.

I was going to say it reminds me of the Trump regime, but it's really the other way around, isn't it? Fox News gave birth to Trumpism. It's only fitting that the Republican administration be emblematic of the network that created it.

  • muselet

    I’m not a Star Wars fan, but I can’t help but be reminded of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s warning about Mos Eisley spaceport to Luke Skywalker: “You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

    The whole of Fox News is run by awful people.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I’ll just reiterate Lisa Bloom’s statement over the weekend:

    “Fox News is the Bill Cosby of corporate America.”

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    If I were being harassed for years I would have a recorder on my at all times. By the time I sued, I would have had enough to bring down the entire building.

    Why haven’t we seen any “hard” evidence rather than he-said-she-said accusations? Maybe the lawyers are holding to back for the lawsuits? Still.. I find it odd.

    • Because it is illegal in many states to record what someone else says without their permission. However, if the victim kept a written journal of the incidents and told others about it contemporaneously then that would be a pretty good (but not unassailable) record. Anyone suffering from harassment needs to fully understand the laws in their state regarding recording conversations whether they are in person, on the phone, on computer, etc, etc before actually recording another person.

    • JMAshby

      Reducing this to “he said she said” is absurd and offensive.

      You’re not a woman or person or color, or a woman of color, who’s concerned about their job security and future while working under executives who have the power and influence to blackball them from an industry that’s mostly dominated by white people and white men in particular.

      Why are we seeing more of this now? Probably because there’s strength in numbers and sometimes the dam just needs to break.

      Roger Ailes apparently harassed and blackmailed women for over a decade, but it wasn’t until Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him and the network that other women felt safe coming forward. But “safe” is a relative term for them. Many of them have still faced death threats and even the network’s attempts to smear them. At least one accuser backed down last year after she was deluged with death and rape threats.

      It’s not clear what “hard” evidence you’re looking for, but a federal grand jury is reviewing the matter. They’re probably looking at financial settlements that don’t necessarily prove O’Reilly or Ailes are serial harassers, but certainly reveal a long history of accusations that have been hidden from the public.

      If you’re looking for some kind of smoking gun in form of a transcript or audio recording, you’re probably not going to see it in this case just as you almost never do. You’ll just have to trust women and people of color who say they’ve been harassed or discriminated against. Can you manage that?

      You find it “odd?” Well, good for you.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Reducing this to “he said she said” is absurd and offensive.

        How is it not a “he-said-she-said”? These people say it’s true, those other people say it’s a lie. I have seen zero evidence whatsoever for or against the claims.

        You’ll just have to trust women and people of color who say they’ve been harassed or discriminated against. Can you manage that?

        No.

        No I cannot manage that.

        Am I supposed to believe someone just because they’re a woman or “of color”? White men are liars who must prove their claims, but we will accept any claim from a woman or person of color at face value?

        You’ll just have to excuse me for declining to treat people differently based on their race or gender.

        ——

        Disclaimer: it is my personal opinion that both Ailes and O’Reilly are guilty pieces of shit. That’s not the point being discussed here, however. More broadly, I’m just wondering what in the hell happened to “innocent until proven guilty” and why someone should be believed automatically because of their gender or ethnicity.