Innocean in sexual harassment fight over CCO Eric Springer

There seems to be another affaire Martinez brewing at Innocean Worldwide in California with former director of content Victoria Guenier filing a suit against the agency – which handles Hyundai worldwide – and CCO Eric Springer (below).

There are even reports that a number of agency employees plan to walk out today (Monday) following the agency’s decision to contest Guenier’s claim. Guenier is also suing 100 un-named “John Does” at the agency who allegedly facilitated Springer’s behaviour by doing nothing.

In most such recent cases the alleged offender – male – has been summarily dismissed but in the case of former JWT global boss Gustavo Martinez he is still employed by JWT owner WPP, in Spain as country manager, while the court case brought by communications head Erin Johnson rumbles on. She too is still employed by JWT.

Clearly people can’t be fired just because a complaint has been made otherwise it will be witch hunt time across the industry. If this, and l’affaire Martinez, ever do find their way into court we might receive some much-needed guidance as to what’s allowable behaviour (albeit oafish in some cases) and what isn’t.

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