WASHINGTON ― Hamilton Fish, president and writer of The New Republic, resigned from the journal Friday, following allegations that he had mistreated feminine staff.
Win McCormack, the proprietor of The New Republic, made the announcement in a memo to employees, noting that the investigation into Fish’s conduct would proceed.
“This won’t mean an end to the inquiry we’ve commissioned, as we want to understand everyone’s experiences in full, both on their own terms and for the purposes of looking ahead,” McCormack wrote. “If you happen not yet to receive the investigator’s contact details, with our invitation to connect with her, you should expect to today.”
J.J. Gould, the editor of The New Republic, declined to remark for this text. Fish and McCormack didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
In a letter to McCormack, Fish acknowledged complaints from staff that his presence within the workplace “had led them to feel uncomfortable at the New Republic.”
“Women have longstanding and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace. Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do, and I hope for and encourage that new direction,” Fish wrote in his resignation letter to McCormack, which was obtained by The New York Times. “Still, it’s my sense that our office culture has been harmed, and the best way for me to help the organization move past this is by withdrawing.”
Fish’s resignation comes a couple of week after feminine staffers on the journal offered administration with a grievance, detailing their grievances with the writer. On Monday, HuffPost revealed an expose into Fish’s conduct, revealing allegations about his conduct towards feminine staff courting again a decade. Fish denied that the badorted incidents described within the piece befell.
In one such incident, Fish allegedly grabbed a feminine worker by the neck, leaving purple marks. At the time, he was president of The Nation Institute, a nonprofit group that funds progressive journalism. Fish informed HuffPost that the neck-grabbing incident didn’t occur as described, however he didn’t provide his personal model of occasions. Female staffers at The Nation Institute additionally described Fish as constantly undermining them, making badually suggestive jokes and badigning them menial duties. He considered The Nation Institute as his “personal domain,” one staffer informed HuffPost.
Because there was no parental go away coverage in place when Fish ran the institute, it was as much as him to resolve how a lot time to grant new dad and mom. This might result in “awkward” negotiations, one staffer recalled. Fish would typically wait till the final minute to grant parental go away, one other staffer mentioned. Several girls mentioned Fish would typically joke that staff’ infants have been his as a result of The Nation Institute was paying for the medical insurance.
When Fish was named TNR writer in February 2016, Nation Institute staffers mobilized to warn their TNR colleagues about their new boss. One present TNR staffer emailed Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and writer of The Nation journal, and requested her to inform McCormack in regards to the circumstances below which Fish had left the institute. (Vanden Heuvel didn’t reply to requests for remark.)
TNR staffers have been cautious round Fish from the beginning of his tenure, a number of present and former staffers informed HuffPost. Several staffers noticed that he stored a decrease profile at TNR ― however they are saying some worrisome conduct surfaced whereas he was on the journal.
Fish would method girls from behind and put his arms on their shoulders, typically mbadaging them, in response to two individuals who labored with him at TNR. One staffer mentioned she felt that Fish “disrespected and looked down upon” her when she introduced up issues with him.
McCormack had introduced an inner investigation into Fish’s conduct on Sunday, shortly after receiving the grievance, signed by editorial staffers.
“I’m impressed with the speed in which the situation was handled from the surfacing of the allegations to the resignation,” a present New Republic staffer informed HuffPost in an electronic mail Friday. “I think John [Gould] and Win did right by us. Mostly I’m just relieved that we can get back to focusing on our work and our publication ― which happens to be written mostly by smart, badbad women.”
Read the total memo from Win McCormack to TNR staffers:
This article has been up to date to incorporate feedback from a TNR staffer.