Papa John's looking into reports of sexist corporate culture

The company decided to erase the executive’s likeness from all its marketing materials in the wake of last week's scandal

Forbes said male employees made crude comments without effect and that executives were rewarded based on their personal ties to Schnatter.

Although Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the restaurant chain's board of directors following news that he used a racial slur in a conference call, he still owns a substantial stake in the company.

The chief executive and a second high-ranking executive at the pizza chain - pals of Schnatter whom he installed in key positions - failed to curb a "bro" culture at the Louisville, Ky., business that featured open discussion of "gangbangs" and other hostile terms, a Forbes report on Thursday claims.

The report is based on 37 interviews with current and former employees of the company.

Schnatter admitted it was a poor choice of words, but denies that the comment had any traces of racism or vitriol, which has been suggested by the headline writers of many mainstream media outlets. One woman said he asked about her bra size and if she'd slept with her former boss.

"Female employees were mocked and asked if they were menstruating".

The employees allege that Schnatter and two leading executives - Tim O'Hern, president of worldwide operations - and Steve Ritchie, the company's current CEO, allowed a toxic work environment to thrive at the fast-food chain. Numerous other recollections of Schnatter's leadership isn't so pleasant - former employees allege that Schnatter was vindictive, controlling, and often made inappropriate comments toward women.

The Louisville Zoo will change the name of the Papa John's Splash Park.

A spokesperson told Business Insider that a "cultural audit will be all levels of the company". He reportedly talked about porn with a woman employee, and asked another if she was on her period, among other gross things. He subsequently stepped down as chairman and the company started to scrub his image from marketing materials.

The John Schnatter stink will be harder to clean up at Papa John's than first expected.

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