Vice Media apologizes for sexual harassment

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Vice Media, founded a magazine in montreal free of charge and changed in the past ten years in a global company of 3000 employees, the product including a program of stories shocks for HBO.

Washington — The media group Vice Media, the producer of magazines and television success, has apologised on Saturday following an investigation by the New York Times revealing a culture of sexual harassment within the company in strong growth.

 

The newspaper, based on interviews with around a hundred current and former employees of Vice, has revealed Saturday that the company had signed four agreements amicably with employees to resolve charges of sexual harassment or defamation, with the payment of compensation.

 

More than two dozen women, mostly elderly twenty or thirty years, have also testified to having suffered or observed sexual behavior moved, kissing forced to sexual advances.

 

Three employees of Vice have been made redundant due to these facts, announced Vice in a press release.

 

“From the highest to the lowest level, we have failed, as a company, to create a work environment where everyone, and in the first place the women, feels respected and able to succeed”, said the co-founders of the production company, Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, in a message to their employees republished by the Times.

 

Because they have adopted new internal rules throughout its explosive growth, they acknowledge that they have allowed to develop a macho culture of “boy’s club”.

 

“This happened under our responsibility, and we have abandoned too many people. We are really sorry”, write the two bosses.

 

“We want to present our sincere apologies, and to express our great regret at having contributed to the perpetuation of sexism within the media sector and the society in general”, they add.

 

They have also announced a series of internal reforms, such as the hiring of a new director of human resources and the appointment of an advisory board, including the figure of feminist Gloria Steinem.

 

Vice Media, founded a magazine in montreal free of charge and changed in the past ten years in a global company of 3000 employees, the product including a program of stories shocks for HBO.

 

Among the four cases has been the subject of payments, the chief executive officer Andrew Creighton has paid $ 135,000 to a former employee who claimed he was fired for refusing to sleep with him, according to the New York Times.

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