In the wake of the lawsuit against Trixies, Cosmetics CEO Michael Taylor is facing a $5.5 million settlement with a former employee who alleges he was fired for being too fat, according to a filing on Friday.
Taylor has denied the allegations.
Taylor’s lawyers had asked the judge to approve the settlement, but the judge denied the request, saying Taylor would not be able to meet his legal obligations under the settlement.
The settlement comes after Taylor sued a former colleague, claiming the two had a “long, bitter, hostile, and discriminatory history” that ended with Taylor being fired for wearing his trademark red wig in a fashion show.
Taylor filed a complaint with the state of Louisiana in March against a former assistant district attorney who said she was fired after she refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement, the Associated Press reported.
The suit was settled in February after an employee, who had worked in Taylor’s office, gave a deposition that he was given a “sensational” deposition.
The woman’s lawyer, who asked not to be named, said the settlement would help prevent future retaliation.
The Associated Press does not identify employees who allege sexual harassment or assault, citing business confidentiality.
A Cosmetics spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said in a statement: “Cosmetics has zero tolerance for harassment, retaliation or discrimination.”
In August, Taylor sued the New York Times for publishing a story alleging sexual harassment and sexual assault in his office.
In the lawsuit filed on Friday, the former employee alleged he was dismissed after he said he felt Taylor was “anointing” him with a white powder that he didn’t like and that he “couldn’t sleep” because he felt “trapped.”
Taylor has faced criticism for his decision to hire his own personal stylist, who he later said was “overworked, ill-equipped, and unable to handle the demanding and physically demanding job.”
In March, Taylor’s former assistant, who said he had worked there for two years, testified in a deposition he had been told by Taylor he would “get fired” if he didn “work hard enough.”
Taylor’s attorneys said in the lawsuit that Taylor had never been fired for any misconduct in the Cosmetics workplace, and that his termination was the result of “a wrongful termination action” brought by the former assistant.
Taylor also had an $8.9 million contract with a cosmetics distributor that was set to expire in 2021.
He said the contract was terminated because he “made bad choices” and did not live up to expectations.
He has denied any wrongdoing.
The New York Post reported that the New Orleans attorney general’s office had been investigating Taylor for possible fraud in his dealings with the distributor, and his former assistant had testified that Taylor told him he would be terminated if he refused to pay his “personal expenses.”