Ted Baker boss takes break over staff ‘hugging’ claims
THE boss of fashion chain Ted Baker is taking a leave of absence as allegations of “forced hugging” are investigated.
Ray Kelvin, 62, announced yesterday he is taking voluntary leave.
He said in a statement the accusations “raised some very serious and upsetting issues”.
Ted Baker added directors looking into the claims have now been made aware of ABSENCE Ray Kelvin “further serious allegations”. Mr Kelvin agreed to go on leave “for the benefit of the business and the people who work in it,” the firm added.
The claims emerged when a petition by about 300 current and former staff called on the firm to address “a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged”. It was also claimed Mr Kelvin massaged employees and asked some to sit on his lap. His statement added: “Ted Baker is everything to me and I can’t bear to see it harmed.”