PracticeAccounting FirmsPwC Aust defends ?4m sex discrimination claim

PwC Aust defends ?4m sex discrimination claim

An Australian senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers has launched an $A10m sex discrimination claim against the firm

A $A10m (?4.4m) sex discrimination case brought against
PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PwC) by one of its female senior partners, involving another senior partner,
will be heard in Australia’s Federal Court in Sydney next month.

Christina Rich, after unsuccessful mediation with her boss, Stuart Edwards,
launched her sex discrimination claim, complaining she was subjected to a
culture of discrimination, harassment and bullying at PwC, Sydney newspaper
The Daily Telegraph reports.

Rich, who earned close to $A1 million as a transfer-pricing expert, is
seeking $A10m from PwC for damage to her reputation, loss of clients, lost
earnings and counselling.

The firm is defending the case but phone record documents tendered during an
earlier Federal Court hearing on legal professional privilege reveal that a
fellow partner told Edwards ‘while in our view the fault lies with CR (Christina
Rich) not you, you are not squeaky clean…imagine how things will be if things
goes to court’.

Further reading:

Women’s focus: female partners

Read
story in The Daily Telegraph

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