Goldman Sachs Bans Profanity in Employee Emails

July 30th, 2010 - 12:19 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

goldf July 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The New York based Goldman Sachs has passed down an unlikely rule for the 34,000 traders, investment bankers, and other Goldman employees, stating that they must refrain themselves from using profanity in any emails, instant messages and texts from company issued cell phones, and the company will use screening software to be sure everyone complies.

This comes after an email from Thomas Montag, sent back in June of 2007 was read repeatedly at a US Congressional Hearing in April. In it, Montag stated, “[B]oy, that timberwo[l]f was one s— deal.” Apparently the expletive in the email was a source of embarrassment for the company, and so cursing in company messages is now prohibited.

With the new screening software that Sachs will be using to monitor every one of it’s employees’ messages, not even sear words with asterisks will pass. According to a spokeswoman for the company, “Of course we have policies about the use of appropriate language and we are always looking for ways to ensure that they are enforced.”

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