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Started by Agaliarept on Dec 3, 2018 10:45:53 AM
Ted Baker staff demand end of ‘forced hugging and culture of harassment’

Workers at fashion brand Ted Baker are calling for a halt to a culture of “forced hugging” by the company boss, claiming it amounts to harassment that is going unchallenged.

The workers claim the company has ignored complaints. “It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged,” the petition says, adding: “There are a lot of really positive things about working at Ted Baker but they’re often overshadowed by the ‘hugging’ and inappropriate touching and comments.”

Agaliarept - 03 Dec 2018 10:46:24 (#1 of 41)

The company says hugs are part of company culture but are not insisted upon.

The petition writer says: “I’ve seen the CEO ask young female members of staff to sit on his knee, cuddle him or let him massage their ears. I went to HR with a complaint and was told ‘that’s just what Ray’s like’.

Sorry, what year is this?!

Dayraven - 03 Dec 2018 10:50:37 (#2 of 41)

Sorry, what year is this?!

Using episodes of Mad Men as a guide, about 1962.

KizzyK - 03 Dec 2018 10:50:51 (#3 of 41)

Bleugh what is up with these blokes honestly?

Agaliarept - 03 Dec 2018 10:53:45 (#4 of 41)

Bleugh what is up with these blokes honestly?

Even if we accept that there will always be pervs, how stupid do they have to be to think they can do this in the workplace?!

I hope someone sues the bejeesus out of him.

Arjuna - 03 Dec 2018 10:54:02 (#5 of 41)

Even saying they are part of 'company culture' is seriously creepy, its a messsage about how to get on in that environment.

Rendered - 03 Dec 2018 10:57:07 (#6 of 41)

Was it just the young and pretty who were hugged?

carterbrandon - 03 Dec 2018 10:58:32 (#7 of 41)

let him massage their ears.

He's a Ferengi off Deep Space 9?

Gotout - 03 Dec 2018 10:59:33 (#8 of 41)

I hope the male members of staff got their full quota of hugs.

bailliegillies - 03 Dec 2018 10:59:47 (#9 of 41)

how stupid do they have to be to think they can do this in the workplace?!

Don't you know who I am?

Agaliarept - 03 Dec 2018 11:01:06 (#10 of 41)

Don't you know who I am?

Maybe once that worked but don't they read the newspapers?!

bailliegillies - 03 Dec 2018 11:06:31 (#11 of 41)

Secretary probably reads it for them and then only the bits that please them.

dottie30 - 03 Dec 2018 11:14:02 (#12 of 41)

I met his ex wife once. She was an actress. And the marriage was a miserable one for her apparently.

That is my Ted Baker (real name Ray) story.

bailliegillies - 03 Dec 2018 11:18:35 (#13 of 41)

I thought Ted Ray was a comedian?

moto748 - 03 Dec 2018 11:25:53 (#14 of 41)

My mother thought so too. I could never see it myself.

SinnerBoy - 03 Dec 2018 12:32:51 (#15 of 41)

I don't think I've heard of Ted Baker before.

Rendered - 03 Dec 2018 12:56:35 (#16 of 41)

They're very boring clothes.

Shadrack22 - 03 Dec 2018 12:58:28 (#17 of 41)

There is an air of blokey bonhomie about them that sets my teeth on edge.

Moschops - 03 Dec 2018 13:05:52 (#18 of 41)

There's a hairdressers in the one near my work, always seems to be busy

TRaney - 03 Dec 2018 13:07:42 (#19 of 41)

I had a Ted Baker shirt I really liked many years ago. And I bought my wife a parka. She looks like Julie Christie in it.

LippyPongstocking - 03 Dec 2018 13:12:13 (#20 of 41)

Do you have realistic-looking sex with her, like Donald Sutherland did in that film with the dwarf in a duffle coat?

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