Ted Baker employees complain of founder’s ‘awkward hugging policy’Ivy Madziva
The complainants claim 62-year-old Ray Kelvin would give unwanted hugs, shoulder massages and kisses on the back of their ears.
Ted Baker – founded by Ray Kelvin – denied there was a culture of ‘forced hugs’ at the firm
Dozens of current and former Ted Baker employees have accused the fashion brand’s founder of implementing a regime of “forced hugs” and harassment.
More than 60 people have reportedly come forward to launch an online petition detailing employees’ alleged experiences with Ray Kelvin, 62, calling for the company to end its “awkward hugging policy”.
The complainants claim Kelvin would give unwanted hugs, shoulder massages and kisses on the back of their ears at the firm’s London head office.
The petition, which is understood to be backed by almost 200 current or former employees, said the “inappropriate” forced hugging was “part of a culture that allows harassment to go unchallenged”.
It called for “a way of reporting harassment to an independent, external body” and claimed “HR has done nothing with the reports of harassment”.
“Directors who abuse their power should be held to account,” the employees added. “Harassment at Ted Baker is well documented but wilfully ignored by those in charge.
“It’s time to break the silence.”
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