Breakfast Briefing: Papa John's hires firm to investigate internal culture

A Forbes article described a frat-house culture at the company.

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Papa John’s has hired a firm to investigate its internal culture. A Forbes investigation described a frat-house culture overseen by former CEO John Schnatter in which women were often subjected to inappropriate behavior. A representative for the Papa John’s founder said the story contains "numerous inaccuracies and misrepresentations" (CBS News). Schnatter hired Sitrick and Company for crisis communications last weekend.

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Correction: This story was updated on July 20 to correct the timing of when Papa John's began its internal investigation.

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