As more stories of workplace harassment and toxicity come to light in the craft beer industry, more companies have responded this week either terminating employees, announcing investigations, issuing apologies or statements of support for the victims.
Brienne Allan has been sharing stories from the beer and restaurant industries of workplace harassment, assaults and toxicity on her Instagram account, @ratmagnet, now for the last 10 days, amounting to about 1,000 stories.
This week, Allan asked industry employees to share stories of incidents that have been reported to employers and were not handled satisfactorily, or to share stories of incidents that were reported and resolved, because “it’s important to share examples of proper management protocols,” she wrote.
“If you have an experience that has not been handled yet due to it not being reported, I encourage you to report it today instead of sending it to me,” she wrote. “Trust me, they’re watching and I truly believe everyone is going to make an immediate effort at this point.”
Chris Lohring, owner of Notch Brewing, where Allan is the production manager, issued a statement yesterday in support of her advocacy efforts.
The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade organization representing the nation’s small and independent breweries, has received three complaints this week about behavior that violates its code of conduct enacted for members last summer. Earlier this week, the BA shared…