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Delphia co-founder on leave following allegations of sexual assault by ex-employee • TechCrunch

Delphiaa mobile investment platform, is facing a lawsuit and allegations that co-founder and CTO Cameron Agius-Westland sexually assaulted and harassed a former employee, according to a complaint filed Monday and shared exclusively with TechCrunch.

The complaint alleges that on August 17, 2022, Westland “sexually assaulted and harassed plaintiff for at least 30 minutes while he sexually rubbed her back and legs in a hot tub during a work retreat.” The complaint was filed in both the US and Canada.

“Later in the evening, Westland whispered in plaintiff’s ear, ‘what do you say, we have to do this, you and me, let’s do this.’ Plaintiff pretended not to understand or hear him,” the document said. “Then, on her first opportunity, Plaintiff told everyone she was going to bed, went to her room, and locked the door.” In the complaint, the former employee also claims that she later received a text message from Westland asking: “Do you want to cuddle?” to which she says she has not responded.

The following day, in the complaint, Westland allegedly at least partially acknowledged his conduct, sending the plaintiff and two other colleagues the following message, as shared in a screenshot in the document:

Screenshot provided by Law of Avloni (Opens in a new window)

After the alleged incident, plaintiff was fired in mid-November 2022, after Westland “wanted to change business strategy” according to the document. Soon after, she was replaced by what the former employee describes in his complaint as Westland’s “good friend,” Max Cameron, who is now director of community products at Delphia.

Andrew Peek, CEO and co-founder of Delphia, shared a statement with TechCrunch in response to the lawsuit allegations:

Delphia takes the allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Westland very seriously. Delphia has always held itself to the highest standards, which is why we have engaged an independent third-party investigator to investigate these allegations. Mr Westland has been sent on leave pending the investigation. That said, Delphia denies allegations that the plaintiff in this lawsuit was terminated for any reason other than the fact that her services were no longer needed. In addition, the person identified as Mr. Westland’s “close friend” works in a completely different part of the organization and has not taken over the plaintiff’s responsibilities.

Delphia closed a $60 million Series A led by Multicoin Capital in June 2022. Other investors in the round include fintech-focused Ribbit Capital, M13, Lattice Ventures, and now-defunct FTX Ventures. December 2022 Delphia announced the acquisition of Fathom Privacy, a data rights company that aims to enable individuals to own personal application data.

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