Hyundai's ad agency Innocean has put chief creative officer Eric Springer on leave amid sexual harassment allegations, the latest case of a prominent ad executive being accused of impropriety.
Victoria Guenier, who until early last year worked for Innocean as an executive producer, alleges in a lawsuit that Springer employed a "bullying and harassing management style" against female employees. The lawsuitwhich alleges that the agency's HR department failed to actwas filed in California state court on Jan. 11. The suit names Springer and Innocean as defendants. Adweek first reported the lawsuit last week.
Innocean, in a statement issued Monday, said Springer "has been put on a leave of absence while an ongoing investigation is conducted into the allegations made in a lawsuit by a former freelance employee. We want to reiterate to all of our employees, clients, vendors and other partners, that Innocean USA is committed to providing a safe and positive work environment, free from any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination, and one that encourages collaboration and creativity among all employees."