Two former members of The Kernel staff are suing the London-based technology website because it has failed to recompense them thousands of pounds for their work.
Margot Huysman and Jason Hesse both claim that the Kernel‘s founder Milo Yiannopoulos has failed to pay them for months of work. Hesse claims he is owed more than £6,000.
According to the Guardian, the total debts owed by the Kernel are believed to be more than £10,000.
Other staff, including the U.S. editor Ezra Butler and contributing editor Mic Wright are reported to have left the publication.
Huysman, a 20-year-old graduate from the University of Winchester, joined the Kernel as an intern in June and was offered a permanent role in July. She has 19 published articles on the website, all of which she claims she has not been paid for. Hesse worked at the Kernel between March and May this year, with 43 published articles to his name.
In a riposte to the Guardian‘s report, Yiannopoulos accused the newspaper of carrying out an “assassination attempt” on the Kernel. He admitted the website has been “late” to pay some contributors but claimed the amounts involved were “not massive”. He added he was “deeply sorry” to those writers affected.
The two publications have previous. In June, the Kernel sent Huysman to the Guardian‘s offices with £60 worth of pennies meant for Charles Arthur, who had complained the website had failed to correctly attribute his image. Arthur had requested the money be paid to the National Deaf Childrens’ Society; Yiannopoulos accused Arthur of being a “copyright troll”.