Methodist Church criticises Ted Baker over forced hugging allegations

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Ted Baker has been criticised by the Methodist Church over its forced hugging and ear kissing allegations since founder Ray Kelvin took a leave of absence.

Epworth, an asset management firm owned by the Methodist Church, has reportedly written a letter to the retailer’s board demanding an investigation, according to the Press Association.

Epworth currently owns £1.4 billion worth of assets, including a stake in Ted Baker.

The letter was reportedly written to express concern over allegations surrounding Kelvin’s enforced hugging among staff.

Kelvin has also been accused of “kissing ears”, “massaging” and asking employees to “sit on his lap”.

Epworth executives take on a Christian approach to investment and are thought to have felt unsettled over the Ted Baker allegations.

Ted Baker has already appointed lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills to investigate harassment claims.

It’s thought that the letter from Epworth was one of the reasons that prompted the internal investigation.

Ted Baker and Epworth have not publicly commented on the letter.

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