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Mon Jul 6, 2020, 01:17 AM

56 Brewing owner resigns after allegations of racial harassment against Black employee corroborated

56 Brewing owner resigns after allegations of racial harassment against Black employee corroborated by eyewitness

In a statement on the company’s Facebook page, Johnson says that he is “resigning as CEO effective immediately,” adding “it is apparent that my continued presence at the company is creating a negative impact to the company that I love. I understand now that recent and past events have caused people that I care about hurt and pain and for that I am truly sorry.”



It is unclear if Johnson or his wife Kerry Johnson, who also is an owner, plan to keep or divest their shares in the company.

[Updated: 5:20pm, July 2, 2020]: The company shared a message on its Facebook page in the wake of Kale Johnson’s public resignation as CEO. The statement explains that the company stakeholders are working to “restructure ownership via divestment.” The full statement reads:

“In no uncertain terms: Black Lives Matter; and being antiracist is not an option, it’s a requirement. We will work tirelessly with our actions to live up to these words and ideals (and everything they mean) and we are so very sorry that we have failed thus far.

“56 Brewing accepts Kale Johnson’s resignation. But we know that there is much more to be done. The company’s stakeholders are working to restructure ownership via divestment. We humbly request your patience as we work through the various legal and business issues necessary to carry this out. However, this should not cast doubt on where we stand as a company and a community. Please give our remaining team an opportunity to fix this.”


Read more: https://growlermag.com/56-brewing-owner-waved-noose-made-racially-charged-taunts-at-black-employee-eyewitness-affirms/

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