Fox News' Kelly Wright Joins Racial Discrimination Lawsuit and Claims Network Had 'Plantation-Style Management'

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Fox News anchor Kelly Wright speaks to the media as he joins other current and former Fox employees at a press conference organized by his attorney Doug Wigdor of Wigdor LLP on April 26, 2017 in New York City. Wright, and ten other plaintiffs, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court in which they claim that they faced years of racial discrimination at Fox. The complaints came less than a week after Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. fired its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, over sexual harassment claims.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Fox News' Kelly Wright Joins Racial Discrimination Lawsuit and Claims Network Had 'Plantation-Style Management'

It seems complaints about the network haven't changed the troubling practices.

Published April 26, 2017

A prominent 14-year veteran at Fox News has joined the pending racial discrimination lawsuit against the network. After hearing the complaints of racism and bigotry from his Black colleagues, Kelly Wright knew it was time for his story to be heard.

On Wednesday, Wright spoke at a news conference where he detailed the many circumstances he felt mistreated or discriminated against. Wright joined a class-action lawsuit with 10 other network employees, reported Business Insider.

“Somewhere along the line, [Fox] lost their way and they’ve failed to include equality for all,” the Emmy Award-winning anchor said at the press conference. “[Fox] failed to be fair and balanced for all of our employees regardless of race, gender, faith, creed or color.”

In the suit — filed Tuesday in Bronx Supreme Court — Wright spoke of the “abhorrent” and “intolerable” experiences he’s had and/or witnessed at Fox.

  1. At the press conference, Wright said he is speaking out because he felt 'hurt' by the network

    Wright said the network operated under "plantation-style management," according to the suit. The anchor also detailed instances in which he felt the network was stifling his career because of the color of his skin. Wright alleged that former Fox host Bill O’Reilly refused to have him on his show to speak of the racial tensions in the country.

    "Rather than viewing Mr. Wright as the two-time Emmy award recipient he is, Mr. O'Reilly saw Mr. Wright as a singing entertainer," Wright's attorney Douglas Wigdor said at the news conference. Wigdor added that O'Reilly stopped Wright’s coverage of the racial tension in Ferguson "because it showed Blacks in ‘too positive’ a light."

  2. The original racial discrimination suit was filed by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, a pair of African-Americans from the Fox News payroll department. Their complaint came in addition to several sexual harassment allegations made by former Fox employees.

    Although the network has been scrutinized by many, certain troubling behaviors of the network have still been noticed. 

  3. In a clip from 'The Five,' Jesse Waters made a sexually suggestive comment about Ivanka Trump

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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