It was there that word surfaced that a candidate for a job at the company had complained that FitzGibbon had propositioned her during an informal interview. The complaint was immediately forwarded to human resources and prompted a discussion among women at the company about their founder’s alleged past behaviour.
“I think a lot of people before that had felt they were alone and isolated,” one female employee said. “We have a young staff and a lot of the incidents [are alleged to have] happened one-on-one with Trevor. He was in a position of trust.”
Further complaints were lodged against the president of the company and, on Monday, the workforce was informed that he was taking a six-week leave of absence, pending an investigation into complaints of a sexual nature, and undergoing counselling, according to several people who heard the call.
Stepanian and other staffers said Monday’s call prompted more women to come forward. “When it happened there was an avalanche of complaints,” said Stepanian, who added he knew of as many as 10 women who had made allegations and had spoken at length to four. Two of those described alleged treatment that amounted to sexual assaults, he added.
Another employee, a 24-year-old media relations strategist who asked not to be named, said FitzGibbon made inappropriate comments about her body and and hugged her “in a way that made me feel uncomfortable”. She said female colleagues had shown her inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature sent to them by the company’s president.
But then back them going on the demos was the way to get laid. These days you’d be better off tracking down someone equally confused by Ayn Rand to be honest.