Eater Co-Founder Fired for Sexual Harassment

Photo credit: VOX MEDIA

Photo credit: VOX MEDIA

As the #metoo campaign gains momentum, we are seeing that sexual harassment is a wide-ranging issue that exists in multiple industries, beyond just the film business. 

There has now been a light shone on the unhealthy culture that a massive number of workers in the restaurant industry have been subjected to. 

But apparently, it has also been a problem at one of the most popular publications that covers restaurants. 

Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s editorial director and the co-founder and former CEO of Eater has been let go after a former employee claimed that he sexually harassed her.

“Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately,” said Jim Bankoff, Vox Media in a memo to staff last Thursday, as reported by“Variety.” “Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media.” 

Prior to being the CEO and founder of Curbed, which is the parent company of Racked, and Eater, Steele was the managing editor of Gawker Media, which owned the blogs Jezebel,, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Kotaku, and Jalopnik.. 

Now, Steele’s successful career has come to a halting stop and he was quickly removed from the Vox Media website after the sexual harassment allegations became public.

The company’s investigation is still ongoing, but Vox fired Steele to make a statement about the culture the executive management team wants to inspire. 

“Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates those who have been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation,” wrote Bankoff. 

However, the decision to let Steele go was allegedly done long after the sexual harassment incidents took place.

The allegation was first reported by “the Awl” and the victim, Eden Rohatensky was a former web developer, who worked at Vox Media from June 2014 to August 2015.  

“I reported what had happened with the VP,” wrote Rohatensky in a Linkedin post by Oct. 12. “A year later, I found out that an investigation had been done. That he had multiple victims within the company. That his punishment was being told he could not drink at corporate events any longer. He had too many shares in the company.” 

She did not identify Vox Media, but did say the company had recently followed-up about her allegations. 

Read more from “Variety.”