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Vice Saying It ‘Failed’ to End Boys' Club Doesn't Stop Lawsuit

Vice Media Inc.’s acknowledgment that it should have treated women employees better came back to bite the company.

The very first paragraph in a gender-bias lawsuit filed against Vice Tuesday quotes a December statement from its co-founders saying “we have failed as a company to create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone, especially women, can feel respected and thrive." The letter to Vice’s global staff emerged as the New York Times published a story describing more than a dozen cases of sexual misconduct and legal settlements paid to four women.