Disgraced ex-Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport allegedly treated his assistant – the only black woman on the staff – like ‘the help’, told her he took his coffee ‘like Rihanna‘ and made her clean his golf clubs.
Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, who worked as Rapoport’s personal assistant for the past two years and nine months, also said her ousted boss told her ‘maybe this job isn’t right for you’ when she asked for a pay rise to bring her salary in line with her white peers.
Former and current Bon Appétit staffers and contributors who identify as people of color have blasted the company, saying Rapoport is only the tip of the iceberg of what they describe as a ‘toxic’ culture of microaggressions and exclusion headed up by ‘racist’ leadership.
The shocking accusations come just days after Rapoport resigned from his position following a backlash after a photo surfaced of him and his wife Simone Shubuck dressed as derogatory Puerto Rican stereotypes.
The photo prompted widespread calls for the longstanding editor to stand down and led several former and current staffers to break their silence over alleged lack of opportunities and unequal pay for people of color working at Bon Appétit.
Disgraced ex-Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport (pictured) allegedly treated his assistant – the only black woman on the staff – like ‘the help’, told her he took his coffee ‘like Rihanna’ and made her clean his golf clubs
Walker-Hartshorn told Business Insider that Rapoport treated her like ‘the help’ during her time working as his personal assistant.
She said she was required to clean his golf clubs, fetch his son’s passport, and teach his wife how to use Google Calendar – alongside her editorial duties in the job description.
‘I am the only black woman on his staff,’ Walker-Hartshorn told Business Insider.
‘He treats me like the help.’
Walker-Hartshorn also recalled a time early on in her role when she asked her boss how he takes his coffee.
She said he replied: ‘I don’t know, like Rihanna.’
Walker-Hartshorn said she earns just $35,300 before overtime and has not received a pay rise since she had started in the role.
But when she asked Rapoport for a raise on June 4 – just days after parent company Condé Nast donated $1 million to racial-justice organizations following the death of black man George Floyd – he turned her down.
Walker-Hartshorn said Rapoport simply told her ‘maybe you should consider that this is not the right job for you.’
Several other employees have also come forward saying racial inequality at Bon Appétit runs far deeper than Rapoport alone, with allegations that employees of color do not have access to the same salaries or the same opportunities on the brand’s video side as their white coworkers.
Ryan Walker-Hartshorn (pictured), who worked as Rapoport’s personal assistant for the past two years and nine months, also said her ousted boss told her ‘maybe this job isn’t right for you’ when she asked for a pay rise to bring her salary in line with her white peers
A total of 14 current and former staffers and contributors who identify as people of color told Business Insider the challenges they face in the…