Refinery29 Chief Amy Emmerich resigns amidst allegations of ‘toxic’ working environment for people of color

Refinery29 Chief Amy Emmerich resigns amidst allegations of ‘toxic’ working environment for people of color

THE WHAT? Amy Emmerich, Global President and Chief Content Officer at women’s lifestyle site Refinery29, has resigned from her position following staff allegations of a toxic working environment for people of color, according to a report by WWD.com.

THE DETAILS Emmerich, who is said to have left the company with immediate effect, follows Co-Founder and former Global Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich, who left the company back in June this year. 

Taking to an email memo, CEO Nancy Dubuc told the team, “I want to express my gratitude to Amy for her efforts during this time. Her business focus and unwavering energy have helped take Refinery29 to the next level in the media world. She leaves behind a brand that is poised to continue its mission of creative storytelling in all forms that helps all women see, feel and claim their power at this pivotal cultural moment in history.”

THE WHY? Both Emmerich and Barberich were the subject of accusations regarding a destructive working environment for people of colour, with Refinery29 parent company Vice Media Group bringing in law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to look into the matter. 

Taking to an email, Emmerich cited her reasons for leaving as it being a time for “change, reflection and growth.” There was no mention of the ongoing investigation.

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