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Editorial: Accountants' sexist emails are shocking

A PROBE is underway after sexist emails at a top accountancy firm were circulated among a group of up to 17 male employees.

It appears the male staff were rating the looks of female colleagues who had recently joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Ireland.

In any male and female work situation, there will always be conversations, joking and relationships may or may not form.

But this kind of behaviour smacks of the Mad Men TV series and seems particularly anachronistic in this day and age.

Last year, a Canadian study showed any kind of sexual behaviour at the workplace, even jokes and flirting, is hurtful and should be avoided.

It is especially shocking and surprising in an industry where intelligence and education is supposed to play such a major role.