The publisher of progressive publication The New Republic took a leave of absence after a slew of women came out to accuse him of workplace sexual harassment.
The New Republic publisher Hamilton Fish will be on leave for the time being as the publication looks into the series of allegations brought forth by female employees, the New York Times reported Monday.
Win McCormack, the owner, said he asked Fish to remain on leave until the investigation into the allegations has ended. In the meantime, Art Stupar will step in to serve as The New Republic’s publisher.
“I have been made aware that a number of employees have come forward in the last few days to express concern about certain workplace interactions that have created an uncomfortable environment for them,” McCormack wrote. “As I understand them, these concerns relate specifically to interactions between Ham Fish and a number of women employees.”
Fish is the second employee at The New Republic to be accused of sexual harassment. Literary critic Leon Wieseltier was accused by multiple women of harassing them over the years. Wieseltier said he committed a series of “misdeeds” and would be taking some time to reflect on his actions.
McCormack stressed to employees that The New Republic does not tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace and would be working to prevent it in the future.
“TNR is committed to creating and maintaining a respectful, professional work environment, free from harassment of any kind. I appreciate the candor our employees have displayed in coming forward with their concerns and I take the concerns very seriously. I also want to assure everyone that we will be taking additional steps to ensure that TNR’s work environment is respectful, professional and free of harassment,” he wrote.
Fish did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.
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