Mikkeller issues response after allegations of sexual harassment, gender bullying emerge
Craft brewer Mikkeller has issued a response on social media after allegations of sexual harassment and gender bullying at the firm led to several breweries withdrawing from its upcoming beer festival.
Per Good Beer Hunting, the forthcoming Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen (MBCC) was hit by several withdrawals in recent days after several ex-employees at Mikkeller alleged sexual harassment and gender bullying.
In a statement posted to Instagram, Mikkeller revealed that it had become aware of a social media post that called out the firm for apparently failing to address the allegations and the subsequent decision of a number of breweries to withdraw from the MBCC later this month.
The MBCC is renowned for featuring some of the most highly sought-after breweries in the world, and these withdrawals will do nothing to support the brand’s cache as a “tastemaker within the beer world”, Kate Bernot of Good Beer Hunting writes.
Mikkeller’s statement reads in part:
“Yesterday, a social media post called out Mikkeller for being a company that has done nothing to address allegations of harassment and a small number of participating breweries decided to cancel their participation in Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen (MBCC) and posted statements to support their decision.
We want to address this post very directly: we support activism for social justice, safe workplaces and inclusion. And we have indeed responded clearly to any allegations of employee mistreatment at Mikkeller and have, and continue to, prioritize a safe and inclusive workplace above all else.”
The statement goes on to list actions the company says it has taken to address the allegations made against it.
You can read the statement in full here:
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We reported news of accusations made against the brewer back in July. Four former employees described the brewery as being a place where gender-based bullying, including by management, went unchecked. You can read more here.