Spicerhaart has confirmed via an internal memo that two employees have left the business after choosing to resign rather than go through an internal disciplinary process over alleged discrimination.
This follows speculation on social media earlier this summer that at least one employee had been involved in making racist comments in front of colleagues.
The internal memo from CEO Paul Smith (pictured) shown to The Negotiator says the company confirms that “we recently commenced our disciplinary process with two people pending hearings – both decided to resign, despite our request that they stay and engage with the proper process.
“Rest assured your company has acted with due diligence and professionalism.”
The memo goes on to reference the “untrue and damaging statements [that] have been made on social media” and that the company therefore only wants to make a “limited comment internally”.
Smith’s missive is accompanied by commentary that makes it clear Spicerhaart “is and always has been, wholly committed to diversity, promotion on merit and non-discrimination and that “we have always encouraged individuals from all backgrounds to join the firm and prosper”.
It also says the firm’s HR records shows the agency’s workforce has a higher ratio of people from ethnic minorities than the national average, including in senior positions within Spicerhaart.
The company also says it has ‘clear process’ for dealing with discrimination cases internally.
The Negotiator approached Spicerhaart for comment. Its spokesperson said: “It is our policy not to discuss internal HR matters.”