2 Top Vice Executives Are on Leave Following Sexual Harassment Allegations and Investigation

Vice founder Shane Smith in conversation with Gloria
Steinem…..Image: Getty

Two top executives at Vice Media have been
placed on leave
following an investigation into a horrific
culture of sexual assault and harassment brought to light by a

report
in the New York Times in December.

Andrew Creighton, president of Vice Media, and Mike Germano,
chief digital officer, have been placed on leave following the

exposé
written by Emily Steel in the Times, in
which both men were mentioned by name. Vice Media COO Sara
Broderick sent a memo to staffers Tuesday detailing Creighton
and Germano’s leave and also outlining the steps Vice would
take in the coming year to “make sure there are no
misunderstandings” about how the company will move forward in
the wake of a wide variety of allegations about sexual
harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

The memo addresses a fair amount of important housekeeping: a
global head of HR has been hired in an attempt to address
employee desires to “make changes to and invest in HR.” Also
interesting to note is the mandatory sexual harassment training
which will be run by “professional third-party firms” and will
be required of all full time and contract employees. “These
trainings are to ensure awareness and understanding of Vice’s
commitment to a workplace that promotes equal employment
opportunities and is free of discrimination and inappropriate
conduct,” the statement reads.

Screenshot via Twitter

Screenshot via Twitter

To combat the insidious problem of Too Many Men, Vice has made
changes to their leadership, replacing some of their board
members with “new faces and fresh perspectives.” This includes
Marsha Cooke, SVP of Content Strategy, who was hired in part to
help lead initiatives around “gender, affinity groups,
mentoring and community partnerships,” and an “employee
council” which includes mostly women and some men. This
committee will purportedly help lead the conversation around
gender, diversity, mentoring and “community partnerships.”

Most important, however, is the section addressing Vice’s lack
of diversity and female leadership—an issue that feels like it
should’ve led this memo, but that’s neither here nor there.
“Let’s be frank—we need more women and diversity throughout the
organization,” the statement reads—a statement that is very
obvious and also broad enough to fit neatly in any media
company’s yearly memo. In addition to the boilerplate promises
of diversity and hiring women, VICE has made a lofty claim:
“VICE has committed to a 50/50 male/female at every level
across the organization by 2020 and pay parity by the end of
2018.” It’s a noble effort—and an attempt to course correct for
the
damage already done
.

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