Ad agency CEO accused of 'constant racist and sexist slurs' against his staff resigns

Gustavo martinezD Dipasupil/Getty Images for AWXII)J. Walter Thompson Company Worldwide Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Gustavo Martinez poses at the The Latino Spring panel during Advertising Week 2015 AWXII at the Times Center Stage on September 29, 2015 in New York City.

The CEO and chairman of ad agency J. Walter Thompson (JWT,) who was accused in a lawsuit filed by a colleague of making “constant racist and sexist slurs” has resigned.

JWT parent company WPP confirmed in a statement that Gustavo Martinez has left the company “by mutual agreement” and will be replaced by the agency’s chief client team officer Tamara Ingram, with immediate effect.

The complaint, filed by the ad agency’s chief communications officer, Erin Johnson, in a Manhattan federal court last week, alleged Martinez referred to black people as “monkeys” and once beckoned Johnson to come over so he could “rape [her] in the bathroom.”

  • Download the suit here [PDF.]

WPP earlier this week hired outside law firm Bettina Plevan Proskauer Rose LLP to carry out an independent investigation into the matter.

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