PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is facing sexism
claims after an email sent between a group of male
employees rating the looks of young female recruits
went viral on the internet.
The email was originally shared by 17 male
colleagues, discussing the physical merits of 13 new
female workers, thought to have joined recently as
trainee accountants or associates.
The email, complete with photos of the women,
had the subject line ‘this would be my shortlist for
the top 10’.
But now, as the email has reached a far wider
audience, the firm faces embarrassing reputational
damage reminiscent of the Christina Rich affair in
Australia in 2008.
Brit Rich settled for an undisclosed fee after three
years in court over numerous allegations of sexual
harassment at the hands of male colleagues.
She claimed that her career had been blighted
by the "boys' club" culture at the Sydney-based firm.
PwC was alerted to the new ‘rating’ emails by
the Irish Independent newspaper and launched an
Carmel O'Connor, PwC's human resources
partner, told the paper: "We are taking this matter
extremely seriously and are launching a full
investigation. We will take all necessary steps and
actions in line with our firm's polices and
The Irish Sun has since reported that three of the
male employees involved in circulating the email
have been suspended by the PwC.
The paper reported that an internal company
message was sent by PwC bosses, warning that
anyone who breached the company’s code of
conduct and regulations would face “serious