Vice Media, under scrutiny following reports of a corporate culture hostile to women, said it terminated three employees for violations of its workplace policies, including verbal and sexual harassment.
In a memo to employees Thursday evening, recently hired Vice global head of HR Susan Tohyama said the misconduct of the three unidentified 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.”
Vice’s actions come after a Daily Beast report last month describing a “toxic” working environment rife with abusive behavior toward women. Among the charges in the report, former Vice producer Phoebe Barghouty alleged that Kaj Larsen, previously Vice News’ L.A. bureau chief — who is no longer with the company — engaged in repeated sexually inappropriate behavior toward her. She also said Jason Mojica, former editor-in-chief of ViceNews.com who later became head of Vice’s documentary films unit, made inappropriate jokes and dismissed her complaints about Larsen. Vice said it launched an investigation into the claims.
Vice suspended Mojica last month as it investigated allegations in the Daily Beast story. On Thursday, Variety asked a Vice rep about Mojica’s employment status but the spokesman did not provide an update. Mojica didn’t respond to a request for comment via email Thursday.
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