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Zenefits to Employees: No Sex at Work

By Frank Kalman

Feb. 23, 2016

Zenefits just can’t seem to keep itself out of the news these days.

As the health insurance brokerage startup tries to move on from the departure of former CEO Parker Conrad, new information has surfaced shedding more light on the company’s rambunctious and inappropriate culture.

According to an employee memo obtained from The Wall Street Journal, employees are being told to refrain from having sex in the office stairwells.

The memo, according to The Wall Street Journal, said: “It has been brought to our attention by building management and Security that the stairwells are being used inappropriately … Cigarettes, plastic cups filled with beer, and several used condoms were found in the stairwell,” wrote Emily Agin, the company’s director of real estate and workplace services, to employees last June. “Yes, you read that right. Do not use the stairwells to smoke, drink, eat, or have sex. Please respect the building and company policy and use common sense.”

Zenefits, which quickly generated fanfare last May for its $4.5 billion valuation, has faced headwind regarding regulatory issues from state regulators on its business practices involving insurance licenses. Former CEO Conrad resigned earlier this month, in large part as a result of the company’s freewheeling culture, according to a strongly worded letter new CEO David Sacks wrote to employees announcing the resignation.

This story originally appeared in Workforce‘s sister publication, Talent Management.

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