Vice Media has suspended two senior executives in the wake of a December 23 New York Timesreport of sexual harassment allegations at the media outlet.
Vice Media Inc. suspended President Andrew Creighton and Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano while it investigates harassment claims against them, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg. "It is a new year", Broderick wrote in the memo, a copy of which a source sent to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It is a new year".
In a memo to staff on Tuesday, COO Sarah Broderick confirmed Germano was on leave, and noted that while a claim against Creighton was found to "lack merit", he would remain on leave as well pending a recommendation from a newly-formed committee into how to change Vice's culture. The article described a $135,000 settlement paid by Creighton to a former employee who said she was sacked after rejecting a relationship with him, and had two accounts of women who said Germano made inappropriate overtures to them. Creighton has been put on leave until that time. One former employee, Amanda Rue, told the Times that Germano said he wanted to hire her because he wanted to have sex with her. After reporting the incident to HR, she felt the incident caused her to fall "out of favor" at the company and left. Day-to-day operations of Carrot will continue to be led by Carrot president Adam Katzenback.
The company said in a memo to staff that it was taking allegations of harassment seriously, and hoping to reform a famously raucous workplace culture. "It happened on our watch, and ultimately we let far too many people down".
Broderick also took the opportunity to highlight an aspirational note, with a bolded section of the memo claiming, "Vice has committed to 50/50 male/female at every level across the organization by 2020 and pay parity by the end of 2018".
The December Times's investigative piece uncovered hundreds of current and former employees alleging a prevalent environment of harassment toward women, along with several past settlements paid due to sexual harassment and defamation that occurred at Vice. "The Company is making visible changes to its leadership and more will be announced over the next couple of months".
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