‘Hugging’ Ted Baker chief to go on leave
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.