Ac­cuser rips probe that cleared Globe ed­i­tor

Boston Herald - - BIZ SMART - — STAFF AND WIRE RE­PORTS

A for­mer Bos­ton Globe em­ployee who ac­cused the news­pa­per’s top ed­i­tor of send­ing her in­ap­pro­pri­ate text mes­sages is crit­i­ciz­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that found he didn’t vi­o­late the com­pany’s an­ti­ha­rass­ment pol­icy.

“I am in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­pointed by The Bos­ton Globe’s de­ci­sion to ‘clear’ Brian Mc­Grory,” said for­mer Bos­ton.com writer and ed­i­tor Hi­lary Sar­gent.

“I spent more than seven hours with the in­ves­ti­ga­tor over the course of two meet­ings, dur­ing which I iden­ti­fied how Mc­Grory has acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately by text, email and in per­son,” she said.

Sar­gent posted a screen­shot two months ago of a text mes­sage in which she says Mc­Grory wrote, “What do you gen­er­ally wear when you write?”

Globe of­fi­cials said Thurs­day in­ves­ti­ga­tors hired by the news­pa­per found there were ex­changes of a per­sonal na­ture be­tween the two but they were ini­ti­ated and re­cip­ro­cated by both of them and did not vi­o­late the anti-ha­rass­ment pol­icy.

Mc­Grory has de­nied ha­rass­ing Sar­gent.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tor found that Mr. Mc­Grory did not vi­o­late our anti-ha­rass­ment pol­icy,” Globe spokes­woman Jane Bow­man told the Her­ald.

Sar­gent ac­cused the Globe of seek­ing to pro­tect Mc­Grory and pun­ish her for speak­ing out. She said “the Globe’s jour­nal­ists and read­ers de­serve bet­ter and to know the truth.”

Sar­gent’s at­tor­ney, Jack Sie­gal, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was any­thing but in­de­pen­dent.

“The Globe at all times con­trolled the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ar­rived at the con­clu­sion it wanted — no sur­prise,” Sie­gal said.

Mc­GRORY

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