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Ted Baker staff launch petition over 'forced hugging'

Staff at fashion group Ted Baker allege there is a culture of "forced hugging" by the firm's founder and boss, which they are now demanding be ended.
A petition, launched by an employee, also accuses 62-year-old Ray Kelvin of inappropriate comments and behaviour.
"It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged," they claim.
The company, which issues a trading update on Thursday, says hugs are "part of Ted Baker's culture, but are absolutely not insisted upon".
It said Mr Kelvin greeted many people with a hug, "be it a shareholder, investor, supplier, partner, customer or colleague".
The petition also alleges that as well as engaging them in unwelcome embraces, the brand's founder asked young female members of staff to sit on his knee, cuddle him, or let him massage their ears.
They also allege that millionaire Mr Kelvin, who launched Ted Baker more than 30 years ago, regularly uses sexual innuendo.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46417578
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