‘Hug­ging’ Ted Baker chief to go on leave

The Herald - - NEWS -

TED Baker founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray Kelvin is to take a tem­po­rary leave of ab­sence af­ter al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ment were made against him.

The com­pany said a com­mit­tee of di­rec­tors es­tab­lished to look into the claims had been made aware of “fur­ther se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions”.

Ted Baker said Mr Kelvin had agreed to go on leave “for the ben­e­fit of the busi­ness and the peo­ple who work in it”.

Claims that Mr Kelvin en­forced a “hug­ging” cul­ture emerged over the week­end, af­ter a pe­ti­tion was launched call­ing for an end to “ha­rass­ment”. Ac­cu­sa­tions were also made that he mas­saged em­ploy­ees, kissed their ears and asked some to sit on his lap.

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