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LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T Inc. on Tuesday confirmed that it has fired Aaron Slator, a president who became the subject of a $100 million discrimination lawsuit for using his work phone to send racially offensive images.

“There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T and we regret the action was not taken earlier,” the company said.

The images in question were found on Slator’s phone by an assistant who was asked to transfer data to a new phone, according to the lawsuit filed Monday by Knoyme King, a 50-year-old black woman who worked for Slator.

One of the images, apparently of an African child dancing with the caption “It’s Friday …” followed by a term offensive to African Americans, had been sent in a text describing it as an “oldie but a goodie,” the lawsuit said.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, names as defendants Slator, the company, CEO Randall Stephenson, other executives and board member Joyce Roche.

Slator was president of content and advertising sales, managing its multibillion-dollar budget for content acquisition that is consumed by subscribers of Dallas-based AT&T’s U-verse TV service.

King’s lawyer, Skip Miller, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the lawsuit will continue. He said the company failed to take action earlier, despite the issue being brought to the attention of its board of directors and human resources department.

“This is an AT&T problem, it’s not just an Aaron Slator problem,” he said.

The lawsuit alleges that King was passed over for promotions and given inferior raises because of her race, that she was mistreated and that attempts were made to have her leave the company. King has worked 30 years for AT&T and is still employed there.

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13 thoughts on “AT&T President At Center of $100M Racism Lawsuit Fired

  1. I said it. on said:

    That “knownothing” has faulty logic, but he’s trying. If we were giving away diplomas on here, he’d have to get a certificate of completion.

  2. A Trill 1 on said:

    @MrSTUPIDALL u are so funny, people like u just put me at ease knowing that there’s still a large portion of shallow minded people in this world….by the way how do u know anything about rap, WHITE people listen to RAP music more than black people do!!!! CHECK THE NUMBERS, they do not lie! Muah have a great day MrSILLYall!

  3. Babyboomer on said:

    Good for her. Wish I had sued the company I used to work for when it happened to me. We should never let this kind of thing go unchecked. Hind sight is 20/20.

  4. This is the norm at AT&T. I sued, got my money and left after 15 years of their BS. Enough was enough and enough was too damn much. I have a great career now and I am happier than ever with this choice.

  5. Mrknowitall:

    First of all, you don’t “know it all,” because you do not know how to spell the word “here” your spelling of. The correct spelling is: “hurt.”.

    Secondly, stop scapegoating by throwing Rap into the equation. This story is not about Rap. You evil, racist people just don’t know when to quit. Then you deny, and refuse to talk about racism: a situation that ” white America has created.”

  6. Mrknowitall on said:

    If rap music doesn’t hert black people’s feelings, then this is selective hurt feelings and fake anger. Why doesn’t sht sue rappers if she is so hurt?

      • Mrknowitall on said:

        If my spelling is wrong it is either I just woke up, or it is ebonics. Negroes can’t even talk correctly.

      • Mrknowitall on said:

        If this racist is to be believed, she must sue her children for listening to racist music in the car or house.
        She must sue rap music producers for using racist music.

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