A recent Facebook post from a former Eugene Weekly employee makes troubling allegations, shared on the internet, about our workplace. We take comments seriously, whether right or wrong. We are listening and want you to know our mission at EW is for this small paper to make the world, or at least Eugene, Lane County and Oregon a better place. With that goal in mind, our small staff has come out with a print paper every Thursday for more than 35 years. Some of our dedicated employees have worked here for more than a decade, in some cases almost two decades. For EW’s owners, publishing the paper is labor of love and an act of devotion to the community, not a business for profit. We are not perfect, and there are areas we can and will improve upon. Our readers should know that this paper, its owners and staff will unequivocally strive not only to produce a fantastic newspaper but to be a creative and friendly workplace. We value our employees. We take allegations such as these seriously. We are reviewing and revising policies that prevent and address any complaints about harassment and bullying in the workplace. If anyone has a workplace complaint, we would encourage them to contact Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. We hope readers look at social media posts with a critical eye. We are not going to use our platform to cast stones at former employees. Instead we ask you to encourage and support, as well as challenge and inspire, EW.
This statement has been updated.
A case was filed with the Bureau of Labor and Industries by a former EW employee in January 2018. BOLI investigated the allegations and did not find sufficient evidence to continue the investigation. It was dismissed Aug. 9, 2018.