Founder of Thinx Miki Agrawal Faces Sexual Harassment Accusations

Chelsea Leibow a former employee at Thinx filed a lawsuit in New York with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

In her complaint, the former Thinx employee alleges that Miki Agrawal the former CEO and founder of the company made comments that were inappropriate and touched the breasts of employees without their consent, amongst other offenses.

Leibow, who is the former public relations head of the business, stated in the complaint that the aggressive as well as retaliatory demeanor of Agrawal and her style of management and position of authority made Leibow too intimidated to speak out about the CEO’s behavior that was uncomfortable for her.

She said that she felt Agrawal objectified her body when she said that she had been obsessed with it and made comments that were very detailed about her breasts.

Leibow added that it seemed the way for Agrawal to assert dominance over other female employees doing whatever she pleased without asking and in turn showing she had the ability to get away with it.

After the allegation became public Agrawal declined requests to make a comment directing the requests to a post she made which was written a week ago and which was then updated saying that regarding the recent allegations that the company had hired a third party law firm that specializes in employment law to carry out extensive diligence on all allegations and all of them came back as being false without merit.

In the unedited post, the founder and former CEO acknowledged she did not take the time to think through the company human resources. The company she wrote grew at such a quick rate and she did not hire a HR person.

Agrawal confirmed in that same post that she was resigning as CEO at Thinx saying she was not the best person for operational duties as CEO nor was it her passion, thus following 12 years of working and thinking about Thinx she decided to step down.

The post on Agrawal’s blog and the formal complaint by Leibow were each written after a number of critical articles about the culture at Thinx had been published including heavy criticism about HR benefits being substandard.

One former employee, who was unnamed in the articles, said the atmosphere felt like it was a middle school with people being pitted against one another and being called petty children and immature.

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