FLASHBACK: Arianna Huffington Has a History of Ignoring Harassment in the Workplace

By NTK Staff | 11.14.2017 @3:01pm
FLASHBACK: Arianna Huffington Has a History of Ignoring Harassment in the Workplace

According to a report from Gizmodo, Huffington ignored sexual harassment at her publication.

A new report from Gizmodo revealed on Tuesday that Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post, ignored allegations of sexual misconduct while running her publication.

Huffington not only dismissed allegations against men working at her news site, but she at times promoted known sexual harassers:

In May of 2014, Huffington sent a laudatory memo to her then staff at the Huffington Post about the promotion of one of her most trusted lieutenants Jimmy Soni, the then-managing editor at the Huffington Post and widely seen as her favorite among the editorial leadership team.

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Not publicly known at that time was why Soni was suddenly being sent abroad and away from the newsroom. A few months later Gawker revealed that the transfer was likely the result of an HR investigation into whether Soni was sexually harassing young women while he oversaw the newsroom.

Workers at The Huffington Post told Gizmodo that Soni would send them inappropriate messages, attempt to initiate sexual contact, and make denigrating comments about women in the workplace.

According to Gizmodo, Huffington knew of the allegations and internal investigations into his behavior:

Huffington’s knowledge of the investigation into Soni, together with an absence of recognition of the issues internally or externally, cast doubt on her commitment to advocate on behalf of women.

But Huffington’s dismissal of women’s concerns is nothing new. Her 1973 book, “The female woman,” attacks women’s rights throughout:

Huffington’s central argument in the book appears to refute the mindset that men and women are the same and should be treated equally. She strongly takes the position that the sexes are different by definition, and should be treated as such. But in so doing, Huffington’s argument likely overreaches in the eyes modern-day liberals.

Here, Huffington argues a woman’s success is actually determined by the success of her man:

“A man’s status is judged by his occupational success. A woman’s status depends also on her success as a wife and mother and on her husband’s occupation as well as her own,” Huffington wrote in The Working Woman chapter.

Later in the book, Huffington decries fatherless homes as raising “ineffectual and weak” sons.

And when discussing homosexuality, she left no doubt as to her feelings toward woman-woman relationships:

On the women’s side, Huffington labels lesbianism a “deviation” in chapter 3, The Sexual Woman, even going as far as to call it an “inner confusion” among some women.

But as the Gawker report shows, it might not surprise some to learn that Huffington shows little concern for the well-being of women in her workplace.

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