Just Think, An EY UK Partner Was Allowed to Keep His Job After (Allegedly) Telling a Female Co-Worker This
You can file this under “Slimy Big 4 Partners.”
The Times in London reported earlier today:
An EY accountant who told a female trainee that he would be “bashing [her] from behind” on a company skiing trip kept his job despite a tribunal ruling that he had behaved in an “obscene and aggressive” way, including telling her at lunch “I’m going to f*** you”.
Neil Hutt, 51, a partner at the company, left the woman “shocked and disappointed” on the annual ski trip in 2019. After telling an internal investigation that he had “taken a joke too far” he was fined £75,000 [by EY] and agreed to attend diversity training.
Let’s see what this jokester allegedly said during the ski trip, according to the Daily Mail:
The [Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales disciplinary] panel was told that during lunch on one of the days of this trip, the trainee was having a conversation with a colleague.
The tribunal heard it was at this point Mr Hutt interrupted and said: ‘What are you doing this afternoon? Because I’m going to f*** you. And then I’m going to f*** [another colleague].’
The tribunal heard the trainee felt ‘shocked and disappointed’ by the remark but tried to hide her emotions.
After the lunch while the group was sitting outside having drinks, the trainee was discussing an incident that had happened earlier in the day when she had been ‘bashed’ into from behind by a snowboarder.
Mr Hutt interrupted her and said: ‘Ha ha, that’s funny because I’ll be bashing you from behind this afternoon.’
Instead of kicking Hutt out of the partnership and shaming him forever, EY and the ICAEW, which found him guilty of misconduct following a hearing in July, ultimately decided to turn their back on the alleged victim and defended the toxicity that oozes in the Big 4 by giving Hutt what amounts to a slap on the wrist.
The Daily Mail reported:
In a judgment published at the end of last week, Rosalind Wright QC, chair of the disciplinary tribunal, said: ‘The misconduct in this case was aggravated by the extreme difference in age and seniority… in circumstances which the behaviour amounted to an abuse of his position and power.
‘The Tribunal considered that the conduct set out in the complaint was both obscene and aggressive.
‘Egregious behaviour of this nature has no place in the profession and the Tribunal seriously considered whether [Mr Hutt’s] conduct was incompatible with him remaining a member of the profession.
‘Had the Tribunal been of the view there was a risk of repetition it would have no option but to exclude him from membership of ICAEW.
‘On balance, however, the Tribunal was satisfied that the public interest could be adequately protected by severely reprimanding [Mr Hutt] and imposing a financial penalty.’
The tribunal fined Mr Hutt £7,000 and ordered him to pay legal costs of £4,895.
So, what Hutt said was an “abuse of his position and power” and “obscene and aggressive” and “egregious,” but nah, we won’t revoke his ICAEW membership because he’ll learn his lesson by paying this fine. And EY wouldn’t fire Hutt because he agreed to take diversity and inclusiveness training. OK then.
Anyway, I think the majority of us can agree that this is an adequate response to EY and the ICAEW in gif form:
EY accountant propositioned worker on ski trip [The Times
Partner, 51, at accountancy firm Ernst and Young is allowed to keep his job after telling female trainee ‘I am going to f*** you’ while on company ski trip [Daily Mail]
Report: Big 4 Firms Are Cesspools For Sexual Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination
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