Apparently even Fox News occasionally decides to employ standards and fires employees for bad behavior.
Don’t get too excited, though. It’s a veteran that works in the background, so you’re still stuck with Sean Hannity’s mean mug on your television screen. Still, it’s a move that Fox News had to make considering they’ve been under fire lately for allowing bad behavior to go on behind the scenes.
This time though, they fired their veteran comptroller Judy Slater. Her job included overseeing payroll and accounts receivable and payable. She was accused of making racist comments, and the reports are absolutely abhorrent.
The Wrap reports:
‘Slater, who is white and has worked at Fox for 19 years, was accused of asking one African-American employee if all three of her children were fathered by the same man, according to an individual familiar with the matter.’
Who would even do that? The report goes on to claim that she also called African American women “sistas” and voiced complaints that African Americans mispronounced words. She’s also believed to have asserted that blacks pronounce words like “mother,” “father,” “month,” and “ask” as “muva,” “fava,” “monf,” and “axe.” She apparently even went so far as to ask black employees to pronounce the words.
It gets worse.
‘In another incident, she responded to a good-night message from two African-American employees who stopped by her office by raising her hands in a “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture, a slogan associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, the source said.’
In response to the complaints, human resources conducted an investigation immediately and made the decision to fire Slater. A Fox spokesperson commented:
‘We take any complaint of this nature very seriously and took the appropriate action in investigating and firing Ms. Slater within two weeks of this being brought to our attention. There is no place for abhorrent behavior like this at Fox News.’
Of course, Fox News kind-of-sort-of has to do better considering their own founder, Roger Ailes, resigned amid sexual harassment accusations from several female employees — including major players like Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly. Fox settled with several women who voiced complaints, including Gretchen Carlson.
Slater has yet to comment on allegations.
As deplorable as their reporting can be, their employees should be treated equally and well. With a new Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Kevin Lord, the media company seems to be trying to straighten things out before they end up with anymore rotten egg on their face. The fact that an investigation was conducted quickly and resulted in a seemingly appropriate punishment, is one major step in the right direction. The Wrap reports the complaints were made after sensitivity training was conducted. However, the fact we have to applaud them for even conducting training or making such a decision is sad, since it should be basic common sense you don’t behave in such ways in the work place — or anywhere else for that matter. Hopefully, though, the efforts of Fox News to improve the workplace environment will continue.