Western apparel retailer Harley Davidson said it would not hire women to serve as managers, after it emerged that one of its top women had made a series of offensive comments to a male employee.
The chain said on Friday that the executive, who was not identified in the company’s news release, would not be returning to the business, and it apologised to its female employees and customers for the incident.
“As we have said repeatedly, we do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour and will take appropriate action,” Harley Davidson chief executive, David Davidson, said in a statement.
“This behaviour has no place in our company. “
HARLEY DAVIDSON SHOP Harley Davidson is one of the most well-known brands in the world, and the company has a long history of working with women to improve their workplace. “
This behaviour has no place in our company.
HARLEY DAVIDSON SHOP Harley Davidson is one of the most well-known brands in the world, and the company has a long history of working with women to improve their workplace.
In 2010, the company was among a group of companies that won the prestigious Designated Company of the Year award from The Wall Street Journal, for its women-owned and gender-inclusive brands.
Harley’s founder, George Watson, founded the company in 1932, and is widely credited with helping to make the company a global icon.
In 2013, the brand celebrated the 20th anniversary of its inception, and announced a new campaign aimed at changing attitudes towards women.
Harvey Davidson was founded in 1933 in Birmingham, England, and has more than 300 stores in Britain and Europe.
According to the company, the executive’s decision to step down was made “in light of recent comments that have been made by a male manager on an individual basis”.”
While we do believe these comments are entirely inappropriate, we have acted swiftly to address them and apologise for them, and we are committed to building a more inclusive workplace,” it said.
Harvey Davidson said it had “reached out to the female manager to clarify the matter and we hope that they will accept our apologies and move forward”.”
We will work with them and the wider Harley Davidson brand to improve the workplace and achieve gender equality,” the company said.