Industrial carpet cleaner powder manufacturer The Shining carpet cleaner is being forced to shut down after the company filed a federal lawsuit claiming that its former CEO was fired over a sexual harassment allegation.
The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that former CEO Matt McDonough, who was formerly vice president of global operations at The Shining, and the company’s former chief financial officer and marketing director both allegedly assaulted women.
According to the complaint, McDonachos alleged that the former CEO forced him to perform oral sex and kissed him on the lips after they worked on a project at The Company’s warehouse in San Francisco.
The former CEO allegedly made inappropriate comments about the woman, according to the lawsuit, and asked her to keep quiet about the incident until it was resolved.
The complaint claims that McDonackos also told McDonay that The Shining was not worth his time.
McDonachoses attorney, Mark L. Weisberg, said in a statement Thursday that the allegations in the lawsuit are without merit.
“The allegations in this suit are without foundation,” Weisberger said.
“The allegations are simply false, and are a desperate attempt to destroy the reputation of one of the largest carpet cleaning and cleaning supplies manufacturers in the world.”
McDonough and Weisburger are both former employees of The Shining and The Company, which has operations in New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
They filed the complaint in hopes of getting the company to pay the $1.6 million they claim the company owes them.
McDONACHOS, 50, a former software engineer, said he had been a regular customer of The Company since 2005 and had never been sexually harassed.
He was told to stop working for the company in 2014 after being sexually harassed by a coworker.
The company later agreed to pay him $1 million to cover legal fees and to settle allegations that he had sexually harassed several female employees, including one who said he kissed her while she was on the job.