‘She-E.O.’ of feminist underwear company accused of sexual harassment
Last week, Racked published a report on how terrible Miki Agrawal, “She-E.O.” of feminist-branded period underwear company Thinx, was to her mostly female staff. (Among other things, she paid them about $30,000 less than the industry standard, then acted deeply offended if they left for better paying jobs.) Now one of said staffers has accused her of sexual harassment, upping her hypocrisy quotient to new heights.
According to The Cut, Chelsea Leibow, the 26-year-old former head of PR responsible for the company’s infamously deranged emails, filed a sexual harassment complaint with the City of New York Commission on Human Rights last week that names Agrawal, as well as the company’s COO and CFO for failing to respond to complaints. From the sound of it, the harassment was constant and pervasive.
Via The Cut:
“[Harassing comments] included: the size and shape of her employees’ breasts, an employee’s nipple piercings, her own sexual exploits, her desire to experiment with polyamory, her interest in entering a sexual relationship with one of her employees, and the exact means by which she was brought to female ejaculation.”
And that’s not all. Agrawal is also accused of getting physical with her employees:
Per the detailed complaint, filed with the City of New York Commission on Human Rights, Agrawal also touched an employee’s breasts and asked her to expose them, routinely changed clothes in front of employees, and conducted meetings via videoconference while in bed, apparently unclothed. (She also is said in the filing to have shared nude photos of herself and others — “including but not limited to her fiancé” — with staff.) At least once, she supposedly FaceTimed into a meeting from the toilet.
I guess in her mission to be “a different kind of company” and “break taboos,” she forgot she was still beholden to such prosaic things as “labor laws” concerning “sexual harassment.”
Best of luck to Leibow, who just wanted to write snappy PR copy for a hip, female-friendly company. In other news, “corporate feminism” is an oxymoron and a company’s owner is not the workers’ friend, no matter hard she tries to pretend otherwise.