Note: This article comprises descriptions of alleged abuse that some readers might discover disturbing.
On Monday, November 4, Eric Sundermann was let go from his place as Head of Content at The FADER following sexual misconduct allegations introduced towards him by former colleagues. Now, in a new report by Jezebel, 11 of Sundermann’s former co-workers have anonymously detailed these allegations, which embrace sexual harassment and coercion. In addition to Sundermann’s alleged habits, Jezebel’s sources declare that each The FADER and Sundermann’s former employer Vice (he joined digital music vertical Noisey in 2013) uncared for to handle allegations of sexual misconduct when raised by workers members in the previous.
The FADER’s termination of Sundermann got here two days after former music journalist Lauren Nostro printed a tweet accusing Sundermann of sexual misconduct. Nostro additionally tweeted that 18 totally different ladies despatched her direct messages on Twitter pertaining to Sundermann’s alleged historical past of sexual misconduct.
The nameless sources who spoke with Jezebel accused Sundermann of repeatedly groping feminine colleagues at work-related occasions, plying younger feminine writers with alcohol and pressuring them into sexual acts, forcing himself into cabs with ladies who have been intoxicated, and blacklisting ladies who protested his alleged habits.
Sources mentioned a number of Vice workers deliberate to confront Sundermann publicly in early 2018, however they have been allegedly thwarted by HR, who assured them an investigation was in progress. That was the final the workers heard of the investigation. Vice has but to touch upon Jezebel’s report.
Sundermann was subsequently introduced on by The FADER in December 2018. Sources informed Jezebel that he exhibited comparable habits from his tenure at Vice throughout work features the place coworkers allegedly needed to “[pull] Sundermann off employees.”
“When Eric was employed by FADER,” a spokesperson informed Jezebel, “due diligence was conducted, including a check of references. Nothing we heard from anyone as part of that diligence process corroborated any rumor and we hired Eric with no basis to believe there would be any issues with his behavior or compliance with our policies.”
Pitchfork has reached out to Sundermann, FADER president and writer Andy Cohn, and Vice representatives for remark. The FADER representatives supplied Pitchfork no extra remark.