Ted Baker commits to cultural change after resignation of founder

Organisations are encouraged to create an open-door policy in order for employees to report wrongdoing and feel safe & supported in light of string of recent sexual harassment scandals.

Fashion retailer Ted Baker has said it is determined to learn lessons and ensure that its staff feel respected and valued, in the wake of the resignation of founder Ray Kelvin as he faces allegations of sexual harassment from over 100 current and past employees.

Ted Baker announced that Ray Kelvin had agreed to resign from the firm on 4th March 2019. Which happened to coincide with the government’s launch of proposals aimed at giving whistleblowers greater protections.

Emma Gross, a solicitor at SA Law, said it was clear that Kelvin’s departure was in the firm’s best interests given that share prices had risen since he stepped down.

She said: “It is crucial to create an open-door policy whereby employees are encouraged to report wrongdoing and feel safe and supported in doing so.

In the wake of recent scandals, the rules around non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses are set to be tightened under new legal proposals. Individuals, such as employees, cannot be prevented and intimidated from whistleblowing and reporting crimes such as harassment.

Read the full article featuring Emma Gross' comments published in Personnel Today by clicking here. 


If you would like more information or advice relating to this article or a Employment law matter, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Gross on 01727 798049.
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