June 19, 2018

As Far As Horrible Bosses Go, The Ex-Fox News Comptroller Is Up There

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Think your boss is awful? Like, god-awful? Whoever you’re thinking about right now for a horrible boss award, Judith Slater, the former comptroller of Fox News probably has them beat. The New York Times reported last week that two African-American employees sued Slater, their white boss, for racially harassing them for years. The lawsuit also names 21st Century Fox, Fox News and Diane Brandi, Fox’s in-house counsel as plaintiffs.

It’s not unusual to hear about bosses demeaning their employees, but the allegations against Slater are pretty shocking. Here’s an example:

The women — Tichaona Brown, a payroll manager, and Tabrese Wright, a payroll coordinator — accused Ms. Slater of making numerous racially charged comments, including suggestions that black men were “women beaters” and that black people wanted to physically harm white people.

They also said that Ms. Slater claimed that black employees mispronounced words, such as “mother,” “father,” “month” and “ask,” and that she urged Ms. Brown to say those words aloud in a meeting. Ms. Wright said Ms. Slater once asked if her three children were all “fathered by the same man.”

Also! Slater is alleged to have “made disparaging comments about Ms. Wright’s hair and credit score” mocked Black Lives Matter, “and referred to their majority-black department as the ‘urban’ or ‘Southern’ payroll department.”

“That’s all pretty deplorable,” you might say, “But there are lots of racist asshole bosses out there, what makes this racist asshole boss so much worse than the others?”

I’ll tell you what! It was widely reported today that a third plaintiff, Monica Douglas, has joined the lawsuit and  alleged that Slater not only made racially charged comments to her but also mocked her for after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Heavy has a rundown of the worst:

  • Constantly mocking Ms. Douglas for the size of a breast that was removed as part of her cancer treatment;
  • Saying to Ms. Douglas, “your boobs look like they are different sizes – oh, that’s right, you only have one boob;”
  • Referring to Ms. Douglas as “boobs girl” or the “one-boobed girl;”
  • Telling Ms. Douglas that her “boobs look crooked;”
  • Referring to Ms. Douglas as “cancer girl,” among many other discriminatory statements; and
  • Regularly saying aloud to Ms. Douglas and other employees that Ms. Douglas’s breast cancer treatment and chemotherapy was responsible for “increasing everyone’s” healthcare premiums.

Yeesh. Fox News fired Slater last week after the lawsuit was initially filed, but said in a statement that it’s “disappointed that this needless litigation has been filed.” No word on why Fox News needlessly employed Slater for so long.

[NYT, Heavy]

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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Non-Profits Are Feeling the Pain

WSJ has a Monday piece “Once-Robust Charity Sector Hit With Mergers, Closings” (the Recession Forces Nonprofits to Consolidate) that may be found here. It tells the story of a “homeless” woman with terminal lung cancer and a charity no longer able to afford to help her out. Sad.

When one charity’s COO says “we’ve had funding cut after funding cut, and we never know when the next shoe is going to drop,” that is a bad sign.

Hit by a drop in donations and government funding in the wake of a deep recession, nonprofits—from arts councils to food banks—are undergoing a painful restructuring, including mergers, acquisitions, collaborations, cutbacks and closings.

“Like in the animal kingdom, at some point, the weaker organizations will not be able to survive,” says Diana Aviv, chief executive of Independent Sector, a coalition of 600 nonprofits.

I saw that on the Discovery Channel and it wasn’t pretty.

Note: the Service says the value of your blood is not deductible as a charitable donation but cars are. As of 2005, cars are only deductible at FMV, not Blue Book. Damn you, fair value, foiled by the free market again!

Blame the Service for tightening its charitable donation rules at the worst possible time? Not sure on that one. While you’re reluctant to donate your $200 Toyota (ha) to charity because you could have claimed $2,000 under old rules, find some comfort in the fact that (alleged) terrorist “non profits” can not file for 2 years and somehow get away with it. You wonder why I advocate fixing the system from the ground up?

You can text $10 to Haiti but what about the “Economic Homeless” here in America? asks Young Money.

If this were a survey and you asked me “What do you think the IRS could do to encourage charitable donations?” I would answer “Tax breaks. It isn’t the Treasury’s job to distribute bailouts.” Yet they continue to behave as though it is their duty.

See the problem yet?

Hallelujah! Church Accounting Miracles!

I had no idea how much a minister can make but now I do. Wait a minute, this just tells me how to bypass Service rules by writing checks in the church’s name. I might totally be in the wrong line of work.

Free Church Accounting (I’m not kidding) brings us a question from “Sharon” of Corsicana, Texas:

How much money does a minister have to make in order for money to be reported?

I started my church back up after 12 years vacancy. I do not have very many members. Right now we are 3 active members and other people stop in from time to time. I do not actually receive money. Since the church is striving I use the money to pay the light bill, get the grass moved.


Answer:

According to the IRS website, “Earnings of $400 or more are subject to self-employment taxes.” (that includes qualifying ministers)

If you are a church employee, income of $108.28 or more is subject to SE tax.

It would be better for you, if you opened a checking account in the church’s name and paid expenses out of it. If that’s not possible, just make sure and keep all of the receipts that show where the church funds are going.

Fascinating! I took the preliminary “Are You a Tax-Exempt Church” quiz on their website and failed miserably so I guess I’d make an awful 501(c)(3) but that’s probably for the best.

There are ways to fail at this of course, like the Spokane, WA priest who couldn’t keep his arms and legs (and other parts) inside of the vehicle at all times, financial mismanagement in the University of North Carolina system, and JDA favorite the University of Colorado’s wild credit card user with horrible hair.

I would never imply that more regulation is the answer; I’m merely pointing out that there’s a bit of work to be done in identifying non-profit fraud. Seriously, how can one detect fraud when the core basis of fund accounting is an imbalance between “expenses” and expenditures?

The Church of Jr Deputy Accountant Scientist? I’m down.