Vox Media has fired its editorial director Lockhart Steele over allegations of sexual harassment by a former employee.
“Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately,” CEO Jim Bankoff told staff in a memo on Thursday night. “Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media. Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates those who have been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation.”
Bankoff said the company’s investigation into the allegations were raised by an ex-employee in a post on Medium.
According to The Awl, which first reported on Steele’ being let go from Vox, the Medium post that Bankoff referred to is from Eden Rohatensky, who worked at Vox Media as a web developer from June 2014 to August 2015, she describes misconduct by a supervisor but does not name the company or people involved.
“I reported what had happened with the VP,” Rohatensky wrote. “A year later, I found out that an investigation had been done. That he had multiple victims within the company. That his punishment was being told he could not drink at corporate events any longer. He had too many shares in the company.”
Sexual harassment has been a frequent subject of many recent headlines. The issue was catapulted into the spotlight after numerous women came forward early this month to call out Harvey Weinstein for decades of abusive behavior. In addition, Roy Price, former head of Amazon Studios, was suspended last week over allegations of sexual misconduct. Shortly after his suspension, Price resigned.