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Added Jun 18, 2020

Refinery29 is an American women’s lifestyle media organization. The popular website was founded in 2005 and has over 450 global employees. Since it’s launch, Refinery29 has also expanded to include websites for the UK and German populations.

Company Behavior Summary

  • On Monday, June 8th, Christene Barberich, the top editor and co-founder of Refinery stated that she would be stepping down from her leadership position after a number of employees came forward on social media describing the toxic work environment that they faced.
  • Racial discrimination was one of the driving factors of Refinery29’s poor work environment. Employees mentioned racial pay disparity and being constantly “mixed up” for other employees of color as two of their major complaints. One former senior editor, Ashley Alese Edwards, who now works at Google, stated that the concerns she raised were routinely ignored and that her job title did not reflect her experience or duties at the company.


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