Suit alleging executive sent racist email on corporate phone results in a high-profile firing
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AT&T has fired its president for content and advertising sales after a $100 million lawsuit claimed he used a company phone to send a racist text message.
AT&T confirmed the firing of Aaron Slator in a statement, report the Associated Press and TMZ.com. “There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T, and we regret the action was not taken earlier,” the statement said.
The discrimination suit filed by Knoyme King, a 30-year employee with AT&T, claimed Slator favored younger employees who were not African American when she applied for a job as his executive assistance. She also claimed she was mistreated and given low raises. Courthouse News Service covered the lawsuit, filed Monday in state court in Los Angeles.
The suit claimed Slator sent a text showing an African child dancing with the tag, “It’s Friday, [N-words].” An assistant discovered the image when asked to transfer the the phone’s content to a new device.