Recently a male ex employee approached us wanting to share details of how he was treated while he was working for UNiDAYS.
This man worked in the HR department. He’s chosen not to share his name, but he’s also written a very damning review on Glassdoor.co.uk.
“The personal worst run in I had with him was when he called me into his office for a quick “progress update” on a piece of recruitment we were doing.
“This turned into him completely ambushing me – shouting at me, basically telling me how to do my job (a job he has zero experience in) and gave me a grilling on the spot. Told me to list off the top 5 things about working at UNiDAYS, nonsense like that. It was genuinely traumatic.
“I also had a conversation with Situl Bains where she said “it’s good that we have HR presence in London now because they can keep an eye on people and make sure they’re working” …that’s not what HR does.
We have been leaked emails that prove UNiDAYS lied when they told the press, employees and brands that transcripts of hearings of widespread sexual impropriety at the company were false and a hoax.
Here you can see for yourself internal emails from Situl Bains, UNiDAYS in-house lawyer and brother of the chief culprit chief exec Josh Rathour, and Matt Atkinson, chairman of UNiDAYS and on the board of so called ethical brand the Coop, sending him the transcript.
And another one from her to UNiDAYS crisis management consultant Adam Fresco and, astonishingly, Geraldine Ryan, lead lawyer for Hill Dickinson, who was in the room when the interviews took place, and whom she described as incredibly “helpful” also confirming that these transcripts were part of the wider report. And to Adam Fresco, UNiDAYS crisis management and PR consultant. It is clear that these talk to both these hearings and the wider report, based on interviews with up to 60 employees.
No one should have to put up with being spoken to in this way. No one should feel threatened at work. No one should be screamed at at work. Help us put a stop to this atrocious and disgusting behaviour. Help us expose the cover up at UNiDAYS. Read more from the victims here.
Until recently we had transcripts of four hearings which were supposedly investigating the systemic abuse, bullying and harassment that is prevalent at UNiDAYS. UNiDAYS have claimed that these transcripts are fake. They are not. We ask – who would fake such a thing? How is there so much detail?
Since we published the transcripts another very brave former employee has got in touch with us, willing to share her story. She’s given us her transcript – with her notes on it pointing out things that are incorrect, or have been omitted.
She gave this story to Hill Dickinson (who ran the supposed ‘independent enquiry’ into harassment) as well. There are many more similar stories. It was a typical incident that happened to many women. She was forced to leave and sign an NDA not to talk about what had happened, a process that happened again and again with other young women.
This was a horrible and distressing time. We applaud her bravery for coming forward and telling her story. Today she says: “I am in a better place now. If what happened to me is the worst thing that happened – well, it was really upsetting for me, but Josh hasn’t raped anyone, he’s just a dick. But if anything worse *has* happened, and my story helps to get vindication for them, then I am happy to help. After it happened, I was in quite serious shock, quite unwell because of distress.”
We think it’s a disgrace that these women have not been listened to. These are serious allegations of misconduct, by a man running a company aimed at students. UNiDAYS needs a complete change of the senior management team.