Yahoo- 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.
Timeout! Time-THE FUCK-out! You can get fired for having an 'insensitive' meme on your phone? That's a thing now? Not only can you get fired, but you can lose your job as a president as a major telecommunications company? Well, we better stop patrolling the borders, cause we are going to need a lot more mexicans to fulfill all of our positions. If we start giving background checks to everyone's iCloud there's not a person in this country whose career is safe. You know the type of person that doesn't have an ounce of insensitive content on their phones? Well, for one, people that don't have phones. This is like when your girlfriend hacks into your phone looking for a reason to get upset, and then getting mad about a text to 'Bridgette' from 2 years before you guys were together. You don't go through someone's phone just to see what's on there, you do so with an ulterior motive that you need satisfied. I know this because, all things considered, if this is the most racist thing on your phone, you are not a racist....
I can't laugh at a little African boy dancing because the caption has a soft 'N word' attached? Is this even America anymore? We shouldn't be worried about the people saving a meme with a black person on their phone, we should worried about the people that have no black people on their on phone. Those are the dangerous ones. Black people are HILARIOUS. If you don't have a single black themed meme on your phone you are either too biased to admit they are funny because you hate the color of their skin, or you are too wet of a blanket to exist in a corporate setting. What's next? You can't have rap music on your phone? Someones going to get fired from their 6 figure salaried job for listening to 'Niggas In Paris' with their headphones too loud? Was it Aaron Slator's fault that someone decided to use the 'N word' in a hilarious meme? He didn't create it, he just enjoyed it. This meme isn't racially insensitive, it's racially assimilating. Everyone that has a sense of humor can laugh at that, regardless of the color of their skin.
Hey Knoyme, would you rather your boss have this on his phone?
There are things that are funny and then things that are offensive. With the staggering amount of prejudice still existing in this country maybe we should be making an example out of the latter instead of the former. Can we pick our battles a little better? Firing someone over something as silly as this only perpetuates racial differences. If funny things are no longer allowed to include questionable content we are all one disgruntled co-worker from the unemployment line. Just because my skin color doesn't allow me to say 'n*gga' doesn't mean I can't laugh when it's included in a joke. Funny doesn't see color.