A damning account of Vice Media’s crude-to-women corporate culture has shamed the company with L.A. offices into calling on a feminist icon to rescue it.Gloria Steinem will be part of an advisory committee chaired by attorney Roberta Kaplan, who argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court.
“They will work with Vice executives and decision makers to improve company policies and procedures and make recommendations on workplace changes that Vice can make,” said The Hollywood Reporter.
Also announced at a Friday staff meeting was a plan to offer pay parity for all employees by the end of 2018 “and the establishment of an employee hotline that will allow anyone at the company to anonymously report problems, including sexual harassment,” THR said.
To show it’s serious, Vice Media suspended Jason Mojica, a former editor in chief and current executive producer at Vice Documentary Films.
“A person familiar with the matter said that Mojica was suspended pending the outcome into an investigation of sexual misconduct between two former employees, first documented by the Daily Beast earlier this week,” said The Wrap.
Vice was originally known for its testosterone-centric take on life, and even had a “Non-Traditional Workplace Agreement” for new hires to sign.
It included: “Although it is possible that some of the text, images and information I will be exposed to the course of my employment with Vice may be considered by some to be offensive, indecent, violent or disturbing, I do not find such text, images or information or the workplace environment at Vice to be offensive, indecent, violent or disturbing.”
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