Vice Media Agrees to Pay Almost $2 Million to Settle Lawsuit Claiming it Systemically Discriminates Towards Feminine Staffers — The Style Regulation
Vice quietly agreed to pay virtually $2 million to place an finish to an unsightly lawsuit, alleging that the media firm engages in systemic pay discrimination towards feminine staffers. The settlement, which have to be authorised by a California state courtroom, comes simply over a yr after Vice was slapped with a proposed class motion lawsuit by Elizabeth Rose, who labored at Vice from 2014 to 2016 in a administration place, accused the corporate of violating the Federal Equal Pay Act and comparable legal guidelines in New York and California, together with the California Honest Pay Act, by constantly paying ladies “lower than male staff for a similar or considerably comparable work.” In her lawsuit towards Vice Media – the guardian firm to Vice, i-D, Noisey, and Storage, amongst different shops – Ms. Rose alleged that the media firm employed a sample of pay disparity amongst women and men who did comparable work, one thing she found after reviewing inner memos that exposed the salaries of a number of dozen staff. Rose pointed to at the least one occasion by which a male subordinate she employed made about $25,000 extra per yr then she did, and much more when he was later promoted to be her supervisor.As many as 675 feminine present and former Vice Media staffers are mentioned to have joined the category motion swimsuit, and can share within the settlement sum. In accordance with the Hollywood Reporter, “Vice denies that there was ever a centralized observe of utilizing prior wage historical past to find out pay charge, however after mediation within the case, the corporate has determined to settle claims,” nonetheless. The lawsuit towards Vice – which was based in 1994 by Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith, and Gavin McInnes, and boasts traders that embrace The Walt Disney Firm, A&E Networks, and Twentieth Century Fox – got here roughly two months after the New York Instances revealed a prolonged exposé that uncovered 4 settlements involving allegations of sexual harassment or defamation towards Vice staff, after which the media firm introduced that its chief digital officer, Mike Germano, wouldn’t return to the corporate.With the lawsuit virtually behind them, Vice Media has come below hearth for getting into right into a $6.5 million cope with Philip Morris Worldwide to advertise e-cigarettes to the 18- to 34-year-old market, the Monetary Instances revealed final week. The monetary publication asserts, “Vice has agreed to a cope with [Philip Morris] to provide sponsored content material endorsing e-cigarettes … amid a world regulatory clampdown on cigarette promoting” and on the harms related to e-cigarettes. In an announcement to the FT, a spokesman for Vice framed the partnership not as “selling e-cigarettes or tobacco merchandise,” however as an alternative, as half of a bigger effort to “deal with among the largest points going through the world in areas of well being, atmosphere, power, and know-how, amongst many others.” By way of the Philip Morris deal, Vice says it should middle on “a world mission to stop cigarettes.” * The case is Elizabeth Rose v., Vice Media Inc., et al, BC693688, Superior Court docket of California (Los Angeles).