Fashion house rocked by 'forced hugging' allegations


by ABC News

ABC News— Fashion retailers Ted Baker have launched an investigation into widespread allegations of workplace harassment, after claims surfaced that employees had been subjected to “forced hugs” by the company’s CEO and founder Ray Kelvin. The company has enlisted the services of law firm Herbert Smith...

Jezebel—Ted Baker Staff Alleges Workplace Culture of 'Forced Hugging'. Thousands of people have signed an online petition by current and former employees of fashion brand Ted Baker demanding that the company’s CEO Ray Kelvin end his alleged behavior of “forced hugging” and inappropriate touching. Read more...

KSBW—Thousands sign online petition to halt 'forced hugging' culture at fashion chain. One complainant wrote, "The CEO always wants a hug from every member of the staff. It's very uncomfortable and unnecessary. A simple handshake can be okay."

WCVB—Thousands sign online petition to halt 'forced hugging' culture at fashion chain. One complainant wrote, "The CEO always wants a hug from every member of the staff. It's very uncomfortable and unnecessary. A simple handshake can be okay."