Vice Media, which was founded in 2011 to much fanfare and has been a lightning rod company in recent months, recently placed two high-ranking employees on leave after sexual harassment claims were levied against them. In addition, the work atmosphere at Vice has come under scrutiny for being a "boys club" and that it was particularly harsh to women.
The two employees that were placed on leave were Andrew Creighton and Mike Germano, the president and chief digital officer, respectively. These are two incredibly powerful positions, and for these two men to be accused of sexual harassment usually means that their behavior trickles down to the rest of the workplace. It normalizes the despicable behavior.
There are also allegations that in 2016, Creighton paid $135,000 to a former employee after she refused an intimate relationship with him and then was promptly fired.
It is sad to say, but this type of environment is shockingly common all across the country. It doesn't matter if you work in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or Seattle, Washington -- any corner of the country could have a company or a workplace atmosphere that is spearheaded by sexually-motivated people who violated the law with their actions.
As employees, we have to be diligent in holding these individual accountable when their behavior crosses the line, violates our rights, and bleeds into illegal territory. No one should be treated this way or subjected to this kind of behavior.
Source: Huffington Post, "2 Vice Employees Accused Of Sexual Harassment Placed On Leave," Lydia O'Connor, Jan. 2, 2018