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Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/26/2017 By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
FILE - In this combination photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," appears on the set in New York, Thursday, March 2, 2107, left, and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor" on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit from Fox News. Five days after his firing amid sexual harassment allegations, O'Reilly aired an episode Monday of his personal website's "No Spin News" podcast. The show was replaced by “Tucker Carlson’s Tonight,” which moved to O'Reilly's time slot Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this combination photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," appears on the set in New York, Thursday, March 2, 2107, left, and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly appears on the set of his show, "The O'Reilly Factor" on Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit from Fox News. Five days after his firing amid sexual harassment allegations, O'Reilly aired an episode Monday of his personal website's "No Spin News" podcast. The show was replaced by “Tucker Carlson’s Tonight,” which moved to O'Reilly's time slot Monday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Eleven former and current employees of Fox News Channel have filed a lawsuit accusing the network of allowing racial discrimination.

The lawsuit was filed in New York on Tuesday, a week after top-rated host Bill O'Reilly was fired over sexual-harassment allegations. It amends a complaint filed last month by two black women who worked in the payroll department.

The women claimed in the original lawsuit they were subjected to racial discrimination by former controller Judith Slater.

In the new lawsuit the employees say they repeatedly complained to network executives about Slater's racist behavior but no action was taken.

One black plaintiff says he was effectively asked to perform the role of a Jim Crow, an insulting slang term to refer to a black man.

Fox News and Slater's attorney deny the allegations.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages.

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