Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims

Former and current employees of Fox News sue the network for racial discrimination.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (APRIL 26, 2017) (NBC) – Fox News is facing renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, including a television anchor who said he was depicted as “the racist caricature of a black entertainer.”

Eleven current and former Fox employees, including anchor Kelly Wright, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court on Tuesday (April 25) claiming they were demeaned, humiliated, paid less than white coworkers, and passed over for promotions. They appeared at a news conference with their lawyer in New York on Wednesday (April 26).

The lawsuit was originally filed last month by two Fox News payroll employees. Tuesday’s complaint added class action racial discrimination claims to the case.

Separately on Tuesday, a former Fox News accounts payable specialist, Adasa Blanco, filed her own lawsuit in federal court in New York claiming her complaints about racial discrimination were ignored and she was forced to quit in 2013 as a result.

A Fox News spokesperson in a statement said the network vehemently denies the claims.