Former employees at the Infowars right-wing fringe website have filed complaints against host and founder Alex Jones, claiming he made racist and anti-Semitic comments and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace.
The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that former employee Rob Jacobson, who is Jewish, said Jones referred to him as Infowars’ “resident Jew,” and also purposefully mispronounced his last name as “Yacobson” around the office. Jacobson also claimed that Jones called him “beefcake,” a homophobic slur, as well.
Former production assistant Ashley Beckford, meanwhile, said Jones groped her and asked her “who wouldn’t want to have a black wife?”
Jacobson, who worked for the company for 13 years before being fired last May, is suing Jones for “discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal” and has submitted a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Beckford, who also filed a EEOC complaint, said a senior manager called her a “coon” and that she was regularly “subjected to different terms and conditions of employment” based on her race. She accused Jones and other high-ranking employees at Free Speech Systems, Infowars’ parent company, of “commonly leering at women in the office” and making “sexual gestures and advances.”