Male staff who ‘rated’ women in email being probed

November 12th, 2010 - 9:49 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 12 (IANS) A private firm has launched a probe after male workers circulated an email rating attractiveness of new female colleagues, a media report said Friday.

The message, sent by staff at an Irish branch of accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, included 13 images of first-year accountancy trainees who had just joined, express.co.uk reported.

The subject field of the email said: “This would be my shortlist for the top 10.” It was initially sent to a group of men inside the company, but quickly spread worldwide on the internet after being forwarded to employees at other companies.”

PwC has not revealed whether the male staff responsible will be suspended or sacked, but said it was treating the investigation “extremely seriously”. A spokesman added: “We have commenced a full investigation which is ongoing.

“We are taking all the necessary steps and actions in accordance with our firm’s policies and procedures.

“Our main concern is the impact of this matter on the women who were the subject of these emails.

“We are meeting with them regularly to offer them every reassurance that they have the full support of the firm in dealing with this very difficult issue for them.

“We deeply regret this situation as we require our people to always adhere to the highest level of standards in their conduct and behaviour.”

Trainees are expected to remain with the company, the second biggest accountancy firm in the world, for up to three-and-a-half years.

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