The spy cosmetics company Mary Kay Cosmetics has been caught on tape discussing sexual harassment with employees, according to new allegations by a former employee.
The former employee, who worked at the company for about six months in 2016, filed a lawsuit against the company this week, claiming that the company ignored her allegations for years.
“I had to quit because I couldn’t stand the company,” she told ABC News.
“I was fired because I didn’t want to be there anymore.
It’s the first time in my life I felt like I had to leave.”
The company denied the allegations and said the claims are “completely false and malicious.”
“We take these allegations very seriously and will defend against them vigorously,” the company said in a statement.
“The company has already taken appropriate action and has taken appropriate steps to address the allegations,” the statement added.
Mary Kay said in its statement that it is “reviewing the allegations” and “taking appropriate action.”
Mary Kay is owned by John Paulson, a hedge fund manager who was a key investor in the controversial hedge fund Blackstone.
It has been the target of several lawsuits, including one by former employees.
In a statement, Mary Kay said it takes “all claims of sexual misconduct seriously and we are taking all appropriate actions to address any allegations of misconduct.”
It said it has fired a “senior female employee” and hired an external investigator.
The company’s chief executive, Scott B. Lahey, has also been removed from his position, according, according ABC News, citing a statement from the company.