Santander UK has launched an investigation into a group of employees who went to a striptease club after a day’s work. According to the newspaper Financial Times and confirm Five daysthe entity has hired the Gibson Dunn office, after an internal complaint, to clarify the facts.
According to the newspaper, the incident took place last February after Santander’s global debt markets team in the United Kingdom met at the bank’s headquarters in London. That night, seven members of the staff (all of them men), including three senior managers and four junior employees, attended the Nags Head Gentlemens Club in Aldgate.
After the evening, an internal whistleblower told the company that he was concerned about the incident and that younger employees might have been pressured into attending the club. According to the FT, the UK Financial Conduct Authority has also been informed.
In response, Santander hired US law firm Gibson Dunn to launch an internal investigation. The law firm would have interviewed up to 15 people involved, including the seven employees who came to the club.
Santander explains in this regard that matters related to employee conduct are taken very seriously and we follow very rigorous processes to know the facts and take the appropriate measures. “This investigation and the measures that have been taken are confidential, so we cannot comment further,” they assert.
According to the FT, none of the employees involved have been fired, although one of the directors who orchestrated the night out has been sanctioned by the bank.