Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ted Baker Employees Petition Against "Culture Of Forced Hugging"

Ted Baker Employees Petition Against

News reports that founder of fashion brand Ted Baker, Ray Kelvin, allegedly forced employees to hug him.

The petition, published on the workplace campaign platform Organise, urged the company's board of directors to end this "awkward hugging culture".

The owner regularly makes sexual innuendos at staff, he stroke [sic] people's necks, he took off his shirt on one occasion and talked about his sex life.

Staff at Ted Baker have launched a petition demanding their boss stops "hugging them" as they seek to "expose the reality of harassment" in the organisation.

The ex-worker also describes an incident in which the CEO rubbed their shoulders in front of a group of visitors to Ted Baker's head office.

Ted Baker said it would ensure there was an independent investigation into the allegations.

Anonymous testimonies gathered by the site include several claims that Mr Kelvin massaged, kissed or inappropriately touched members of staff.

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"Ray, and the company's leadership, have always prided themselves on Ted Baker being a great employer and business to work with", it said Monday in a statement.

Various British media outlets have reported that a staff at the company had alleged there was a culture of "forced hugging" by Kelvin.

The petition also claims that Ted Baker's human resources department has willfully ignored staff's complaints against the CEO in the past by saying "that's just what he's like".

"Ray greets many people he meets with a hug - be it a shareholder, investor, supplier, partner, customer or colleague", the company added. The name Ted Baker is a...

"We have very clear and robust HR policies in place to provide all employees with a wide range of reporting options for any issues that they might encounter, including a completely confidential and anonymous 24/7 helpline", the statement said.

Kelvin, who keeps a low profile and refuses to have his face photographed, is ranked at number 244 on the 2018 Sunday Times Rich List. "They don't act on the reports".

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