Vice has fired its Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him, the company said in an email sent to staffers Tuesday. Vice president Andrew Creighton, who was suspended together with Germano in early January, is still under investigation.
The Wrap was first to report the departure Tuesday.
Germano joined Vice in 2013 when the company acquired his digital ad agency Carrot Creative. Allegations against him reported by the New York Times in December included Germano allegedly telling a former staffer that he didn’t want to hire her because he wanted to have sex with her.
Following the reports on sexual misconduct, Vice co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi issued a statement that acknowledged creating a culture that fostered inappropriate behavior. “From the top down, we have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive,” the statement read. “Cultural elements from our past, dysfunction and mismanagement were allowed to flourish unchecked. ”
Germano was suspended in January as the company’s HR team started to work with an outside investigator to look into these allegations.
At the time, Vice also suspended its president Andrew Creighton over allegations that he fired an employee in 2016 after she didn’t agree to have an affair with him. That incident led to a reported $135,000 settlement. Creighton at the time disputed the charges in a statement to the New York Times, saying that he was not involved in her firing. Vice’s investigation of the allegations against him is ongoing, a source close to the company told Variety Tuesday.
Germano isn’t the first Vice employee to be show the door in the wake of the #Metoo movement. In November, Vice fired three employees for HR policy violations. Among those sacked was Jason Mojica, head of Vice’s documentary films unit and former editor-in-chief of ViceNews.com.
Update: 6:42pm: The post was updated with additional information on the allegations against Vice president Andrew Creighton and the state of the investigation of these allegations.