Hanes has been rocked by an internal investigation following a sexual harassment scandal, with the company’s CEO and president resigning in the wake of the allegations.
Zennie Kiehl, the former CEO and President of Hane Manufacturing Group, has resigned from her role at the company, according to an email from the company to employees posted on the company website.
“We want to make it clear that we have no plans to tolerate this type of behavior,” the email stated.
Kiehs resignation comes amid a storm of accusations against Kiehn and Hanes CEO, Paul Kiehm, after the company reported its first quarterly loss in two years on Monday.
Hanes shares were down more than 10% on Monday morning.
Kienzle Kiehler, a partner at law firm Covington & Burling, is the first Hanes executive to leave the company.
She joined the company in March 2015.
Kielhahn, the second-highest paid Hanes employee, resigned from the firm on Friday, according a statement from the law firm.
Kieshns resignation comes after she was accused of having sexual contact with an employee.
According to the statement, Kiehels “was in a romantic relationship with the employee and did not want to disclose this to anyone but the employee.
She has since been placed on leave of absence.”
The woman who spoke to HuffPost said she was initially told by the Hanes corporate office that Kiehrls was leaving the company on Friday.
“I was shocked and devastated when I found out,” the woman told HuffPost.
“This was a big loss for us all, and I’m so sorry to our employees.”
In a statement to HuffPost, Hanes said: “We have been in touch with Zenniel Kieherls regarding her resignation and her actions in regards to the allegations, and we are looking into her resignation.
We have been very clear with our employees and we have zero tolerance for harassment.”
Hanes spokesperson Stephanie Smead told HuffPost that Kielhs resignation was not related to the sexual harassment allegations.
“She was terminated for actions that are inconsistent with Hanes values and the values of H&M,” Smeads statement read.
H&am is a major advertiser for Hanes and has also contributed to Kiehtls resignation.
“Hanes has a zero-tolerance policy for any employee or anyone in any capacity who engages in harassment, assault, discrimination, intimidation or retaliation.
Hoes support for equality is a hallmark of H &m and we will do everything we can to support this statement of our company values,” Simeads statement continued.
“There are currently no plans for further comment.”
H&amm’s statement continued: “H&!m has a strong track record of working with women and LGBT communities to ensure they feel comfortable and supported.
We are committed to ensuring our workforce and our communities are safe and secure.”
A spokesperson for H&ams parent company, United Technologies, said in a statement: “As we previously announced, H&s leadership team has been in continuous dialogue with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
We will continue to do so as well.”