TMZ are reporting that Archie Comics Publications filed papers in New York yesterday against the co-Chief Executive Officer of Archie Comics, Nancy Silberkleit, accusing her of sexual harassment and bullying.
This included a repeated verbal assault in the offices "allegedly pointing at employees and shouting 'PENIS, PENIS, PENIS, PENIS.'" The first time in 2009, then again in 2010 with the added suffix "my balls hurt".
An outside firm was hired by Archie Comics to investigate, and they suggested the legal move. And Archie Comics is currently trying to get Nancy barred from the office, and from appearing at San Diego Comic Con on Archie's behalf.
American firms have become rather sensitive to such actions in recent years that I confess do sound rather laughable, at least on this side of the pond.
I wonder who they'd respond to this page from IDW's Archie history book by Craig Yoe, featuring a 1941 magazine from the publishers of Archie, with a fumetti set in the company's offices featuring a mildly risque version of how comic books are made…