Vice suspends two bosses after allegations of a sexual nature

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The ex-chief of digital news, Vice Media, Mike Germano, in September 2016.

The information media Vice has suspended two of its senior executives, including its president, following allegations of sexual misconduct that are relayed last month by the New York Times.


In a memo sent Tuesday to employees, the company Vice Media announces that it suspends its president, Andrew Creighton, and his chief of digital news, Mike German, while it continues its investigation. The note states that MESSRS. Creighton and German are the only men mentioned in the article in the New York Times, which are, still today, to the job of Vice Media.


It was not possible to obtain details of the direction, Tuesday.


The New York Times wrote at the end of December he had learned of the existence of the four settlement agreements involving alleged sexual harassment or defamation aimed at specific employees of Vice, whose president Creighton. The american daily newspaper has interviewed more than two dozen women who claim to have been victims of or witnesses to sexual misconduct, including unwanted touching and kisses, unsolicited.


The co-founders of Vice Media, Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, offer their excuses for this culture of ” boy’s club “.


First magazine alternative in Montreal, Vice has become a business video news shock, which has offices around the world. His reportage on the manifestation of neo-nazis last August in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been seen by millions of people.


According to the New York Times, Vice, paid in 2016, a compensation of $ 135,000 to a former employee who claimed to have been fired when she refused the advances of the president Creighton. In his memorandum, Vice argues that at the time, lawyers, management had deemed the lawsuit without merit. A special committee will review now the whole matter and make its recommendations to the board of directors prior to its next meeting, on 11 January.


In the case of Mr. German, the note indicates that the human resources department and an outside investigator to examine the allegations. According to a woman interviewed by the ” New York Times “, Mr. German would have said to him that he refused to hire her because he wanted to have sex with her. Another woman argued that he had lying on his lap during an office party in a bar.


The memo, sent by chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Vice, Sarah Broderick, added that all employees will be required to attend mandatory training on sexual harassment from the next month. The company’s'” commitment ” that by 2020, half of its employees, at all levels, are women. In addition, the “pay equity” should be achieved by the end of the year, promises to be.