AT&T President Fired, Employees Claim Pervasive Racial Discrimination By Dan Atkerson on May 04, 2015

This is not the first time we’ve blogged about discriminatory practices at AT&T, but this one is certainly more high profile. Recently, AT&T president of content and advertising sales Aaron Slator was terminated after an African-American employee found racially offensive images on Slator’s work phone. The employee, an assistant who was asked to migrate Slator’s data to a new phone when she discovered the images, claims that the images were part of a campaign of racial discrimination within the company.

According to the employee’s attorney, the issue had been brought to the attention of AT&T’s board of directors and human resources department before, but was ignored. Instead, AT&T covered it up at the expense of African-American employees.

The lawsuit also alleges that the employee was passed over for promotions, received smaller raises and suffered mistreatment because of her race. She had worked at AT&T for 30 years.

What Forms Can Workplace Discrimination Take?

Racial discrimination is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Racial discrimination can take many forms, including:
  • Segregation from other employees based on race
  • Being forbidden from work events based on race
  • Having promotions or raises withheld or reduced due to race
  • Flagrant or casual use of racial epitaphs, ethnic slurs and derogatory speech.
If you have suffered racial discrimination at work, it is imperative that you fight back. Speaking with an employment law attorney can help you stop discriminatory practices in your workplace.

Atkerson LawDallas Employment Law Attorney


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