United States Bartender Guild (USBG) President Pam Wiznitzer is stepping down from her role according to Wiznitzer and several sources. Since May 2, the embattled President has drawn criticism for her handling of sexual harassment scandals within the organization.
Wiznitzer confirmed her resignation to NP this afternoon, noting that the decision was made on her own.
Neat Pour reached out to the USBG for comment. A source, who preferred to remain unnamed, said that the organization would prefer to communicate directly with membership before talking to media. An email is expected this afternoon.
Sources also told Neat Pour that litigation is expected to follow. One individual suggested that we can expect to see previously unmentioned, allegedly complicit parties thrust into the public lens during the days to come.
A blog post published in the Alcohol Professor escalated the crisis early in the month. The piece lobbed accusations of mishandling sexual abuse–some verifiable, others not–at the organization and included numerous editorial opinions. Facebook was soon filled with outrage. The USBG chose to respond with a legally oriented letter highlighting journalistic shortfallings in the article, but largely ignoring the victims themselves. The correspondence served only to draw more critics who perceived the response as “tone deaf.” Then, on May 21, Wiznitzer posted a lengthy apology on her Facebook page. Commenters on social media criticized the letter, claiming that it emphasized Wiznitzer’s own experiences as opposed to apologizing to the victims.
This is a developing story; stay with Neat Pour for updates.