Fashion company employees claim they’re ‘forced to hug the boss’ in online petition


Ted Baker employees have hit out at their boss over an alleged tradition of “forced ‘hugging.’”

More than 200 individuals working at the company’s headquarters signed a petition saying they need to “put an finish to the awkward ‘hugging’ coverage,” and likewise accused the model’s founder, Ray Kelvin, of harassment.

The present and former employees used campaigning platform Organise to complain about Kelvin’s alleged conduct, together with kissing ears, undesirable hugs and shoulder massages.

“It’s inappropriate and is part of a culture that allows harassment to go unchallenged,” the petition reads.

Representatives for Ted Baker defended Kelvin, however confirmed it could launch “a thorough independent investigation” into the allegations. “It is critically important to us that every member of our staff feels valued and respected at work,” the company assertion mentioned. “Ray greets many people he meets with a hug, be it a shareholder, investor, supplier, partner, customer or colleague. Hugs have become part of Ted Baker’s culture, but are absolutely not insisted upon.”

The petition had garnered 1,890 signatures by Sunday night time.

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