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Ted Baker employees rise up against CEO’s ‘forced hugging’

Employees at UK fashion label Ted Baker have launched a petition to end “forced hugging” and other alleged sleazy behavior by its longtime founder and chief executive. British clothing tycoon Ray Kelvin regularly “tries to massage people around the office, insists on long hugs with staff members, touches them inappropriately and openly asks his staff for sex,” according to the petition. Despite a “well documented” pattern of harassment, Ted Baker’s human resources department has turned a blind eye to 62-year-old Kelvin’s behavior, according to the petitioners on Organise, a UK-based worker advocacy site. “I’ve seen the CEO ask young female members of staff to sit on his knee, cuddle him, or let him massage their e ...