Yet Another Disappointing Harassment Case In The Finance World
Oh look, it’s another sex scandal rocking the finance world. A group of 17 Irish accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers are under fire after passing around a document which ranked the top 10 most attractive women in the office. As these things go, the original email made its way out of the office and into the papers, and is now a national scandal in Ireland. The emails list each woman’s full name, department and contact information, and repeatedly treat the women as (no surprise) objects. “Great work… have reservations about the last one getting in,” wrote one of the emails.
For its part, PricewaterhouseCoopers says its taking the matter “very seriously,” though none of the alleged men involved have been approached yet. “We will take all necessary steps and actions in line with our firm’s polices and procedures,” said a rep for the company.
This isn’t the first time that the accounting firm has gotten into trouble. In 2008, the company paid millions of dollars to former Australian partner Christina Rich over her accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination. When will these guys stop treating the office like an extension of the frat house? [Belfast Telegraph]