Ted Baker staff launch petition over ‘pressured hugging’
Staff at type workforce Ted Baker allege there’s a tradition of “forced hugging” by way of the company’s founder and boss, which they’re now challenging be ended.
A petition, introduced by way of an worker, additionally accuses 62-year-old Ray Kelvin of irrelevant feedback and behavior.
“It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged,” they declare.
The corporate, which problems a buying and selling replace on Thursday, says hugs are “part of Ted Baker’s culture, but are absolutely not insisted upon”.
It stated Mr Kelvin greeted many of us with a hug, “be it a shareholder, investor, supplier, partner, customer or colleague”.
The petition additionally alleges that in addition to attractive them in unwelcome embraces, the logo’s founder requested younger feminine participants of staff to sit down on his knee, cuddle him, or let him therapeutic massage their ears.
They additionally allege that millionaire Mr Kelvin, who introduced Ted Baker greater than 30 years in the past, ceaselessly makes use of sexual innuendo.
‘Clear and powerful HR insurance policies’
But Ted Baker additionally stated that the issues raised within the petition have been “at odds with the values of our business and those of our CEO”.
And it stated it might “ensure a thorough independent investigation is carried out” into the allegations.
Another grievance made within the petition, introduced at the place of work website Organise, is that earlier proceedings had been omitted.
“Please set up a way of reporting harassment to an independent, external body – HR has done nothing with the reports of harassment to date,” says the petition.
But the company stated there have been “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”.
Ted Baker, named after a fictitious adjust ego of Mr Kelvin, opened its the primary retailer in Glasgow in 1988 and now has 544 shops international promoting type and equipment.
Mr Kelvin is price £522m in step with the Sunday Times Rich List.