Longtime Fox News comptroller Judy Slater has earned a spot in the unemployment line following an investigation into accusations she made racist remarks to her Black colleagues.
The conservative news network gave Slater the boot after employees alerted management to a series of racially offensive quips she had allegedly made to Black employees, prompting an internal investigation into her behavior. The accusations turned out to be true.
“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,” a spokesman for the Fox News Network said. “There is no place for abhorrent behavior like this at Fox News.”
In one instance, Slater was accused of asking an African-American co-worker if her three children had the same father. On a separate occasion, the former Fox exec called a Black woman her “sistah” and openly griped about the way Black people pronounce certain words. Slater went so far as to write down words like “sister,” “mother” and “father” and ask that her Black colleagues say them out loud.
When saying good night to her Black colleagues, employees reported that Slater cheekily raised her hands in the “Hands up, Don’t shoot” gesture made famous following the high-profile police shooting of Black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
The comptroller’s behavior was reported to Fox human resources executive Kevin Lord, resulting in her prompt termination. Slater worked at the network for nearly 20 years.