Fashion retailer Asos enlists lawyers to investigate barrage of sexual harassment allegations posted to anonymous Instagram account
- Asos has hired independent lawyers to investigate allegations of sexual harassment
- The £3.8bn company was hit by claims of inappropriate behavior on Instagram
- Anonymous Instagram account claimed Asos was run like a ‘boys club’
- A woman said a staff member made comments about her breasts, a report said
Online fashion retailer Asos has hired independent lawyers to investigate allegations of sexual harassment.
The £3.8 billion company and other fashion brands were hit by a barrage of claims of inappropriate behavior on an anonymous Instagram account.
It was alleged that Asos was run as a ‘boys club’.
One woman said a senior employee had commented on her breasts, while another said an older male colleague had winked at or stared at female employees and hung out around company headquarters after work, a report said. in The Daily Telegraph.
Asos and other fashion brands were hit by a barrage of claims of inappropriate behavior on an anonymous Instagram account (stock image)
Zehra Hussain, who left Asos after three years in May last year, said the man at the center of this allegation had behaved “slavishly” at work.
Complaints to the company include allegations of sexual harassment, racism, bullying and homophobia, according to the paper’s report, which claimed to have spoken to dozens of employees.
Following the spring revelations, the company invited employees to come forward if they had concerns and appointed city attorneys Lewis Silkin to support the assessment.
The investigation has reportedly been completed and personnel teams are working on a “handful” of raised cases, company sources said yesterday.
Asos said: ‘As soon as we became aware of the allegations against us and other brands… we launched an internal review, supported by legal experts.’
It is the most recent example of how the fashion industry has been thrust into the limelight over sexual harassment claims.
Following the spring revelations, the company invited employees to come forward if they had concerns and appointed city attorneys Lewis Silkin to support the assessment (stock image)
Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin was forced to leave the company after allegations of “forced hugging” and kissing the ears of female staff. He denied the claims.
The former boss of Topshop’s Arcadia Sir Philip Green was charged in 2019 with using gag clauses to silence staff who accused him of sexual and racial harassment.
Claims by a Pilates instructor in America that the fallen tycoon had “punched her in the ass” were rejected by a judge last year.
The ‘Me Too’ movement, which started in Hollywood in the US, and Black Lives Matter have sparked outrage over sexual harassment and racial discrimination in the workplace.
Earlier this month, the advertising industry came into the picture after a senior executive posted a blog about inappropriate behavior in the workplace, prompting hundreds of women to share their stories of being sexually abused, harassed and discriminated against.