In documents filed this week in Manhattan federal court, former J. Walter Thompson global CEO Gustavo Martinez and his onetime employer formally denied almost every claim made against them in a suit filed by the WPP agency's global chief communications officer Erin Johnson early last year.
What's it like to return to work eight months after you filed an explosive lawsuit that led to the ouster of your agency's global CEO? For Erin Johnson, worldwide PR chief for J. Walter Thompson, the experience has been like being placed "in a box" with little actual work to do and a looming sense of being an outcast among her peers.
Erin Johnson, the JWT global communications officer who made headlines around the world in March when she filed a lawsuit against her employer and her now-former boss, Gustavo Martinez, will be returning to her job at JWT in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Even by advertising's typically high standards of executive churn, 2016 has been a C-suite bloodbath. And it hasn't happened quietly.
The advertising industry's top women are done mincing words. "A cancer" is how 4A's President Nancy Hill describes the agency world's lingering gender bias and racial insensitivity. "The industry has a huge diversity problem," says veteran creative Nancy Vonk.
The legal team for Erin Johnson says her agency's parent company, WPP, is trying to downplay offensive behavior by ousted JWT CEO Gustavo Martinez while also tacitly discouraging other potential whistleblowers from stepping forward.
Lawyers for WPP, J. Walter Thompson and Gustavo Martinez filed motions in New York's U.S. District Court today seeking to dismiss in its entirety the suit filed by global chief communications officer Erin Johnson against her employer this March.
For the first time, the public can now see one of the incidents listed in a discrimination case against J. Walter Thompson's former CEO, Gustavo Martinez.
Lawyers representing JWT's chief communications officer, who is suing her agency over claims of discrimination, today filed a court document arguing that video footage of former CEO Gustavo Martinez joking about rape should be allowed into evidence.
Unlike 4A's conferences in recent memory, soul-searching was the underlying theme in Miami this year—mostly the result of the fallout from the case against former J. Walter Thompson CEO Gustavo Martinez over alleged sexism and racism. Panel sessions and keynotes hit on the lack of diversity (and, to a lesser degree, transparency) in the ad business.