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Now KPMG under fire as sexist email surfaces

FURTHER evidence of the boys' club mentality in financial services emerged today after another sexist email emerged from a 'Big Four' company.

An email pertaining to be about KPMG employees was circulated around the city. This was revealed after yesterday's allegations about PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The news came as accounting firm PwC launched a probe into a sexist email which featured pictures of young women nominated on a "top ten" list.

Now another email, which was allegedly a private conversation between colleagues within the accounting firm KPMG, featured a discussion about the employees' "luck with the ladies".

One of the conversations, allegedly from a member of staff at KPMG, went into chat up techniques and a so-called "k score".

This email was then forwarded to the girl in question and then went viral.

Hundreds of employees in banks, insurance companies, government departments and private companies across the country received the email.

Photographs of the three employees featured were also included in the viral mail.

Representatives for KPMG were unavailable for comment when contacted this morning.

Meanwhile it has emerged that the 'rating' system amongst new employees which appeared in the PwC email is an 'annual ritual' in many of the big accounting firms.

Sources said that it was common knowledge that this type of email was often circulated internally, but never sent "outside the firm".



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It's alleged that this practice is a tradition which happens yearly within some of the country's biggest accounting firms.

The pictures of the 13 women, featured in yesterday's Herald, were accompanied by their names and departments within the email.

A number of the women mentioned in the emails are graduates from prominent universities.

Director of the National Women's Council of Ireland, Susan McKay criticised the email said that there is a danger of developing into "a culture that does not value women".

"You don't have to look much further than things like this to see why women fail to progress," she said.

UK-based PwC is the second largest accountancy firm in the world and previously acted as auditor for Anglo Irish Bank.

PwC, which employs 2,000 people in Ireland, said: "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 policies and procedures."The firm has declined to comment on what the ultimate sanction might be.

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