We like to think that Mad Men, with all its office catcalls and "sweatheart"-ing, is a period piece. But a group of male execs at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin have once again proven us wrong, after sending around an e-mail ranking the new female recruits to the office, complete with about 13 headshots for individual assessment.
One email chain, as reported by ABC news, was distributed among several senior associates with the subject line: "This would be my shortlist for the top 10." Other recipients added their own commentary, such as "Great work…have reservations about the last one getting in," and "FYI. New clunge." (Clunge being a slang word for vagina in Britain.)
The email was distributed to about 17 staffers, until it appears that someone threw cold water on the fun by leaking it to the meda. PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global accounting firm, reportedly learned of the email from a local newspaper, which also ran the pictures of the women, all junior staffers. (Don't look for the pictures here - we won't be running them.)
The company says it's now investigating. Of course, the firm has been down this road before - in 2008, the company paid Australian executive Christina Rich millions of dollars, one of the largest harassment payouts in history.
"We're taking this matter extremely seriosuly, and launching a full investigation," a spokesperson said. The company wouldn't say what the consequences could be. But here's betting someone is going to pay.Report Typo/Error