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.
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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