Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s editorial director, has been “terminated effective immediately” after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment.
“Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately,” CEO Jim Bankoff told staff in a memo on Thursday, according to The Awl. “Lockhart admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and is not tolerated at Vox Media.
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,” the memo reportedly said.
Steel — who was managing editor at the now-defunct far-left Gawker Media — was reportedly the subject of a Medium post published last week, in which former Vox Media web developer Eden Rohatensky detailed alleged sexual misconduct by several employees at the company.