Publicado: Ср, Декабря 05, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Ted Baker Employees Accuse Founder of ‘Forced Hugs’, Harassment

Ted Baker Employees Accuse Founder of ‘Forced Hugs’, Harassment

The allegations came to light as more than 2,500 signed an online petition calling for an end to "forced "hugging" by the CEO", calling it "part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged".

Ted Baker has launched an internal investigation into claims its chief executive and founder harassed female staff members.

It said hugs are "part of Ted Baker's culture, but are absolutely not insisted upon".

The petition on the workplace website Organise says that more than "200 Ted Baker staff are breaking the silence", and speaking out about "50 recorded incidents of harassment at Ted Baker".

Ted Baker Employees Accuse Founder of ‘Forced Hugs’, Harassment
Ted Baker Employees Accuse Founder of ‘Forced Hugs’, Harassment

The current and former staff used campaigning platform Organise to complain about Mr Kelvin's alleged behaviour, including kissing ears, unwanted hugs and shoulder massages.

Ted Baker's shares are down 40% in the year to date.

Kelvin's net worth is now estimated at $650 million, according to British newspaper The Sunday Times' annual Rich List.

However, one former member of staff who spoke to the Sunday Times about their experiences claimed that Kelvin insisted on hugging new recruits when they joined Ted Baker's head office. We will then carefully consider the content and recommendations of that report.

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The company said that it was now "in dialogue" with Organise in order to "understand the details and nature of the claims".

In a new statement, it said there would be "a thorough and urgent independent external investigation" done by an independent committee, as the petition requested.

In a statement over the weekend, the firm said it has "very clear and robust HR policies in place". It assured employees that there were a "wide range of reporting options for any issues that they might encounter, including a completely confidential and anonymous, 24/7 helpline".

It has 544 stores, concessions and outlets worldwide and offers merchandise ranging from men's and women's wear to accessories, children's wear and items for the home.

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