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Mitek CEO Loyd Ivey ‘Vehemently Denies’ Sexual Harassment Claim

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Mitek Corp. employee alleges improper conduct by president and CEO Loyd Ivey, who strongly denies the claims.


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Loyd Ivey, president and CEO of Mitek Corp., says he will vigorously oppose the lawsuit. Photo credit: CEA

A lawsuit filed by a former employee of Mitek Corp. and his wife provides extremely lurid details of sexual overtures allegedly made by president and CEO Loyd Ivey, who “vehemently denies the claims” in a voice message to CE Pro.

The civil suit, which was filed on June 28, 2013 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, by Adam and Nicole Liley, makes numerous explicit claims about alleged sexual misconduct in the work place and aboard a corporate jet. Adam Liley was employed at Mitek as a service technician and then was promoted to “building maintenance” in 2012.

In response to the claims, Ivey told CE Pro that he “vehemently denies” the claims and will “vigorously oppose” the suit, adding that there is “no merit to these charges” and that “very soon more information will come out.” On advice from his lawyers, he said he could not offer more information due to the ongoing litigation.
   
According to the suit, Adam Liley voiced his objections to the behavior to Ivey and was subsequently demoted and ultimately discharged. The Lileys seek damages for lost wages, “humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress.” They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. In the complaint, Nicole Liley says she did nothing to encourage Ivey’s alleged behavior. The suit also asks for an injunction ordering the defendants to adhere to anti-discrimination laws.
 
Mitek manufactures audio products under the brand names Atlas Sound and Soundolier, along with several 12V car audio brands. Ivey is a former chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and currently a member of the Board of Industry Leaders of the association.

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About the Author

Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

15 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by tuckertues  on  07/19  at  01:21 PM

Strong Words from “You Know Who”.  While I do not have the reference to adjudge this accusation- a claim by an individual under an anonymous handle does not provide much merit. 

The alleged incident(s) may have been so crushing that making this public under ones legal name would be devastating, I will grant this.  The problem is that I too could make such an accusation under a created name and adhoc email address - there is no way to verify.  An attack such as this does more damage to the claim. 

If you have information contact Jason to help document the incident and give actual credence to it.

(my handle is my social handle)

Posted by Mark Coxon @AVPhenom  on  07/19  at  03:08 PM

@George Agreed, Anonymous comments are hard to take seriously and I would encourage them to reach out to Jason.

@Jason
I find it hard to believe that there may not be some amount of truth in the complaint itself, whether the Liley’s were complicit or not seems to be the main question in my head.  Even if they were, this is grounds at least for a firing or resignation. 

See my full take here:
http://www.ravepubs.com/caution-loyd-ivey-the-ladder-is-shaky-at-the-top/

I credited your article as well.

Posted by Just Us  on  07/20  at  09:53 AM

Why is this a news story until it has been decided by the court? 

If he is found innocent how will the press withdraw the attack on his reputation? 

I don’t know Mr. Ivey but i am tired of the assumption of guilt we have moved to in this news by the second world.

Posted by dben  on  07/22  at  06:32 AM

is this CEPRO or Esquire Magazine, it seems to be murkey, please help

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  07/22  at  06:44 AM

Thanks for comments, all.

First, we have deleted the You Know Who comment, which slipped by. We cannot accept anonymous claims like that.

Second, yes indeed this is a news story. We debated about posting it, but Loyd is an extremely important fixture in the CE industry, and Mitek is a powerhouse, as well.

Once readers started emailing us about this suit, we wanted to give Loyd the opportunity to get his message out there. The news is public. What wasn’t public was Loyd’s reply. Here it is.

Posted by Greg C  on  07/22  at  10:32 AM

No reply posted Julie.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  07/22  at  10:59 AM

Yes, he vehemently denies charges.

Posted by Greg C  on  07/22  at  11:34 AM

Sorry, I thought there was additional following your comment “The news is public. What wasn’t public was Loyd’s reply. Here it is.”

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  07/22  at  11:35 AM

Gotcha.

Posted by Alan H  on  08/14  at  10:13 AM

If you read the charges why did she keep following. Sounds like a money grab to me.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  08/14  at  10:17 AM

Indeed, Alan, there is always more to a story. Innocent until proven guilty!

Posted by bd  on  08/20  at  09:23 PM

I have been inside this beehive in the recent past. I know nothing about this specific incident but i know a good amount of the corporate culture of this company… GUILTY

Posted by tuckertues  on  08/21  at  05:53 AM

bd;

I refer you to my original comment to ‘You Know Who’ (post from now deleted). 

Anonymous public accusations have no merit what-so-ever. Your statement under the guise of a screen name actually undercuts it. 

IF you have additional information that would help to verify the actions or even clear the accused and cannot find a way to do so under your own name then I suggest you contact Jason Knott or Julie to provide your information as a source.  As reporters and publishers they know how to protect such and get the information out.

As it stands I can simply sign up under a fake name and accuse you ‘bd’ of cooking meth in your cubicle. But that would be unfair and unsupportable, or would it?

Posted by Sue Crader  on  09/13  at  10:15 PM

As Alan H so eloquently put it “sounds like a money grab” to me!

BD must B a friend of the accusers. He cries GUILTY when he knows nothing! 

Maybe he wants a piece of the pie too!
Just saying…...........

Posted by Jake  on  10/29  at  03:01 AM

Proverbs 13:3
The Ivey’s are good people!!

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