Two former employees at the far-right conspiracy media outlet InfoWars are accusing its figurehead of discrimination and sexual harassment, according to the Daily Mail.
The British tabloid obtained two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints which detailed the accusations against the outlet’s founder Alex Jones and other employees. Former video editor Rob Jacobson, who worked at InfoWars for 13 years, said he was referred to as the “resident Jew” and “the Jewish individual” by management and was belittled and humiliated by Jones.
“I am Jewish, and my employer used racial slurs against me … My workplace was a syndicated radio show, so these slurs were made publicly, on air,” Jacobson said in his complaint.
“The abuse got so bad that one member of staff photo shopped Jacobson’s face on to the image of an Orthodox Jew under the words ‘THE JEWISH INDIVIDUAL DEMANDS YOUR HOT TOPICS’ and printed it out for all to see,” the Mail reports. Jacobson was eventually fired. He plans to file a lawsuit.
A production assistant for InfoWars’ parent company Free Speech Systems, Ashley Beckford, said Jones “often spent his time shirtless, and endlessly leering…at female employees and guests,” which created a “disgusting, hostile environment” that encouraged staff to join in. Beckford, who is African American, said Jones made unwanted sexual advances and groped her, allegedly telling her, “Who wouldn’t want to have a black wife?”
“[Beckford] says she was ‘mocked’ for her skin tone, called a ‘coon’ by a senior manager, and denied promotions to match the salary of other coworkers, according to the complaint documents.”
Beckford was fired for “excessive write-ups” in April of 2017.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jones said the allegations “had no reflection” in reality and were “completely and totally false.”
“I’m not going to talk about former employees,” Jones said. “I mean nobody accuses me of stuff like that. … and in fact I’m not the type of person to say those kinds of things. So that’s why my feelings are hurt. Wow. That’s all I can say. That’s total bulls**t.”
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