Carrot Creative was a success story. The digital advertising agency was founded by three college students in a Connecticut basement in 2005, and it hustled its way to the top, eventually being bought by Vice Media in 2013 for about $15 million.
But Carrot’s company culture apparently never really left that basement.
On Tuesday, Carrot cofounder and Vice digital chief Mike Germano left the company following an investigation into sexual misconduct. Carrot is now going to be folded into Virtue, Vice’s in-house creative agency. Germano’s removal followed a New York Times investigation in December that described Vice Media’s problematic culture for women. The report included two specific allegations against the executive.
Since then, current and former employees at Carrot have spoken with Business Insider and described a workplace that, they said, was littered with sexism and misogyny. Nine women described instances of sexual misconduct that they experienced, witnessed, or were told about, including lewd language used toward women in public settings and unwanted physical contact.
To read more about Carrot’s hostile culture toward women, click here.
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