“We have investigated the allegations made against Joel,” Tracy Grant, a Post managing editor, said in a statement, “and based on the facts that The Post has gathered to date, we have placed him on a 90-day disciplinary suspension for inappropriate workplace conduct. The Washington Post is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all employees. We will continue to investigate any allegations that come to light and will take further action if necessary.”
Mr. Achenbach acknowledged in a statement that he had “said and done things that were unprofessional.”
“I apologize to the women affected by this and acknowledge their courage in speaking out,” he said.
In an email, he declined to comment further.
Mr. Rosen is the latest in a line of Fox News employees to be accused of similar misconduct. For instance, Bill O’Reilly, then the top-rated host in cable news, was forced out in April after a New York Times investigation found that he and Fox had paid a combined $13 million in settlements to women who had accused him of sexual harassment.
Similar allegations extended all the way up to Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, who died in May. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox anchor, sued Mr. Ailes in 2016, saying he had forced her out after she refused his sexual advances. Many other women, including Megyn Kelly, also said Mr. Ailes had harassed them.
Just last month, Fox’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, told Sky News that there had been no further allegations at the company after Mr. Ailes was fired in 2016 — and that those allegations were “largely political because we’re conservative.”
Mr. Achenbach is the first Washington Post journalist to be punished for workplace misconduct since the #MeToo movement began in October, and his 90-day suspension is one of the harshest penalties the organization has imposed “for violations of its workplace or journalistic standards,” The Post reported.
His punishment was similar to that given to Glenn Thrush, a New York Times reporter who was suspended until late January and removed from the White House beat in response to allegations of sexual misconduct.