An AT&T President Fired Over Racist Text

AT&T suitOne of AT&T's presidents has been fired for sending a racist tweet, and other executives may be involved. Aaron Slator sent offensive images that became public in a $100 million lawsuit filed by an AT&T employee.

The complaint blames a culture of racism at the company: 

"These images, put out by Slator who is the President of AT&T, are beyond offensive. When Slator sent the picture of the African child via text message, he referred to it as an 'oldie but goodie.' Slator transmitted these images on his work phone, evidencing deep-rooted racial bigotry in his place of employment."

Knoyme King is claiming that she was denied a promotional opportunity, was unfairly paid, and suffered a hostile work environment. 

AT&T has terminated Slator, which King's attorneys equate with admitting guilt. 

A spokesperson for AT&T told Business Insider, "Aaron Slator has been terminated. There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T, and we regret the action was not taken earlier."

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Discussion Starters: 

  • Was terminating Slator the right decision? Do you agree with the lawyers that this proves AT&T's guilt?
  • I'm trying to understand Slator's position? What could be his defense?