The New York Times is on a roll when it comes to claims of sexual misconduct.
In another bombshell investigation by The Times, the liberal media company Vice and its employees reportedly paid at least $184,000 to settle four sexual misconduct claims, according to Business Insider.
The report, behind a paywall, details settlements paid out to four former employees, all women, who accused executives of sexual misconduct or defamation.
More from Business Insider on the findings:
In one instance in 2016, Vice president Andrew Creighton doled out $135,000 in a settlement to a former employee who claimed she was fired after rebuffing his sexual advances during work meetings from 2013 to 2015. Vice denied the woman’s allegations and said she was fired based on poor performance.
On another occasion, former employee Martina Veltroni claimed that Jason Mojica, the former head of Vice News, derailed her career after she engaged in a sexual relationship with him. Mojica said the relationship was consensual and that he never retaliated against her.
Mojica was fired last month following a report from The Daily Beastabout his alleged misconduct in the workplace. Vice and Veltroni reportedly reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount.
Former Vice employee Sandra Miller told the Times of a “toxic atmosphere” at the company.
“There is a toxic environment where men can say the most disgusting things, joke about sex openly,” Miller said. “And overall a toxic environment where women are treated far inferior than men.”
Another former Vice employee, Natasha Lennard, took to social media to voice her own complaints, including this tweet:
I suppose it's true. Vice doesn't /tolerate/ these things. It enables, promotes and protects them. https://t.co/yUWQ12nJZT
— Natasha Lennard (@natashalennard) November 3, 2017
Business Insider noted that this isn’t the first time Vice has faced sexual harassment charges, pointing to Phoebe Barghouty, who started working at Vice in 2015 at the age of 23.
Barghouty told The Daily Beast in November that bureau chief Kaj Larsen touched her inappropriately and made her feel like “arm candy.”
Vice co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi released a statement acknowledging a “boys’ club culture” at the company, according to The Guardian.
“Cultural elements from our past, dysfunction and mismanagement were allowed to flourish unchecked,” they said. “That includes a detrimental ‘boys’ club’ culture that fostered inappropriate [behavior] that permeated throughout the company.”
The men went on to say, “From the top down, we have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive.”
Lawyers will be sure to appreciate the candor.
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