Indian-origin businesswoman Miki Agrawal, best known for her revolutionary period-proof underwear, has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.
Chelsea Leibow, a former employee of Agarwal's company, Thinx, has filed a complaint with the City of New York Commission on Human Rights, alleging that Agrawal made inappropriate comments and touched employees' breasts without consent, as per a report in New York magazine.
Leibow also alleged that she was terminated last December after she complained to the company about Agrawal's behavior.
"I felt that Miki objectified my body when she declared that she was 'obsessed' with it and made very detailed comments about my breasts," the report quotes Leibow.
The complaint also says Agrawal changed clothes in front of her employees, spoke in detail about her sex life, and conducted video conferences while appearing unclothed.
In response, Agrawal has denied the charges in an update to a Medium blog post first published last week. She also said an employment law firm had investigated Leibow’s claims and found they were with “absolutely no merit''.
Calling the allegations baseless, Agrawal further wrote , “To be crystal clear, I know I’m passionate and oft unruly in my ways (as a taboo breaker must be), but I have never, ever crossed the line in the inflammatory ways described. This is all I am going to say on this matter.”
Here's a brief look at Agrawal.
No HR policy in place
However, the most surprising part which has come out of this whole episode, is that Thinx currently has no formal HR structure.
But after these serious allegations, a Thinx spokesperson told the New York Magazine they are dealing with this issue "very seriously" and also announced that the company now plans to hire a human resources executive.