Vice fires three employees amid investigations into sexual harassment
9:37 PM, Nov 30, 2017
Vice Media fired three employees on Thursday amid a probe into sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct, according to a memo obtained by CNNMoney.
Vice did not name the employees. But the company said "the conduct of these employees ranged from verbal and sexual harassment to other behavior that is inconsistent with our policies, our values, and the way in which we believe colleagues should work together."
Susan Tohyama, who joined Vice as the company's first global human resources officer four weeks ago, said in a memo to staffers that her team has been investigating "a handful of workplace complaints."
These complaints led to Thursday's disciplinary action, she said.
"I know a few people have asked for specifics concerning both the complaints and the discipline we have taken," Tohyama said. "I believe the confidentiality of the process is necessary to protect all those who wish to bring allegations to me and to create a fair, safe and inclusive environment for all employees."
A Vice spokesman declined to comment or to share any further details.
The firings come amid a nationwide reckoning over sexual harassment and abuse of power. Media companies have been under particular scrutiny.
The Daily Beast published a detailed storyearlier this month about what it called Vice's "sexual-harassment culture."And The New York Times has been working on an investigation into the company as well, according to Vice staffers who have been contacted by the Times.