In the complaint, Leibow alleges that the company's founder and former CEO Miki Agrawal made inappropriate comments and touched employees' breasts without consent, among other offenses.
The former head of the company's public relations, Leibow stated in her complaint that Agrawal’s “generally aggressive and retaliatory demeanor, position of authority, and style of management” made her too intimidated to speak up about behavior that made her uncomfortable.
Agrawal declined to comment on the allegations, directing Fortune to her Medium post, which was written last week and which was updated with the following statement: "Re: most recent allegations: The company commissioned a third party employment law firm to conduct extensive diligence on each allegation and they all came back false and without any merit." "We grew so quickly and I didn’t hire an HR person (it was hard to rationalize hiring an HR person at the time with only 15 employees and then all of a sudden we were 30 people)," she writes.
I didn’t put HR practices in place because I was on the road speaking, doing press, brand partnerships, editing all of the creative and shouting from the rooftops about THINX so we can keep going." Agrawal also confirmed in the post that she is stepping down as Thinx's CEO: "I’m not the best suited for the operational CEO duties nor was it my passion to do so, so after 12 years of thinking about and working on THINX (my twin sis and I came up with the idea in 2005), I officially stepped down as CEO.
My head is high." The blog post and Leibow's formal complaint were both written after a flurry of critical articles about Thinx's culture and substandard HR benefits.