This time for race discrimination


Wright also slammed Bill O'Reilly - the disgraced former Fox News Channel star recently canned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations - in the filing.

In another controversy for the embattled news network, Fox News' Kelly Wright is joining the discrimination lawsuit against it. Wright, who is African-American, alleged that he endured racial discrimination from executives at the network, where he has worked as an anchor since 2003.

At a press conference Wednesday, Wright said he was speaking out because network leadership had "lost their way" and "failed to be fair and balanced to all of our employees regardless of race, gender, faith, creed, or color". Klieman said the class-action suit "has incredible potential to really hurt Fox News' bottom line" because New York State and New York City have some of the toughest anti-discrimination laws.

This time for race discrimination
This time for race discrimination

Among the latest employees in the case are two-time Emmy Award winning and former co-host of Fox and Friends Kelly Wright, who has been at Fox for 15 years.

Monica Douglas, a third Fox News employee, joined Brown and Wright's lawsuit last month after she was sacked by the cable channel in February. She allegedly suggested that black people were excessively violent, questioned whether black employees' children had the same father, discussed the genitalia of Chinese men, called day laborers "cheap Mexicans", and mocked a cancer survivor, among other claims of mistreatment.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, builds upon a complaint filed in March by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black former Fox News employees who claim they experienced "horrific discrimination at the hands" of the network's former comptroller Judith Slater.

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"They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month", the spokesperson told CNN. "Sexual harassers feel they can get away with it because they believe they're the ones holding all the cards", she said.

The complaint asserts that O'Reilly rejected showing a video series featuring Wright on his now-canceled program, "The O'Reilly Factor", because it showed black people in "too positive" a light.

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"If 21st Century Fox choses to defend the indefensible-systemic race discrimination-we will utilize our collective efforts and resources to hold those responsible for these egregious discriminatory acts before a Bronx jury", the attorneys said.

The allegations claim that complaints of racism against Slater dated back to 2008, and that Fox News lawyer Dianne Brandi knew of the complaints back then.

A spokesman for O'Reilly, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, declined to comment. Fox News fired Slater in February.

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A Fox News spokesperson said the lawsuits piggybacked on earlier litigation.