Many Tennessee women may be familiar with the company THINX, which has set out to revolutionize the industry of feminine hygiene products. However, they may not be familiar with recent allegations against the company's founder and former CEO, who is alleged to have created a hostile work environment through sexual harassment.
Included in these allegations are claims that the former CEO inappropriately touched multiple employees. She also reportedly commented on an employee's nipple jewelry and asked her to expose her breasts. Claims also state that the former CEO would routinely comment on the appearance of her assistant.
Other actions add to the claims as well, including the founder's tendency to be undressed in her office, which had glass walls. This was typically to either test products or change her clothes. Employees also reported that the CEO would attend video meetings and conduct business while undressed or using the restroom. On top of this behavior, the company allegedly did not have an HR department in place. Instead, two titled "culture queens" were hired to handle employee complaints, and policy dictated that many complaints were reported back to the CEO.
In an office setting where a higher-up is creating a hostile work environment, it can be difficult to determine who to turn to. If HR processes are not present or are ineffective, it may be helpful to discuss sexual harassment and other employment law matters with an attorney. A lawyer may be able to help those who have suffered through sexual harassment or who may have been retaliated against for reporting harassment.