Christina Rich, British-born
partner, has settled a sexual harassment case out of court in Sydney, Australia,
against the accounting giant for £2m, one of the world’s biggest payouts for
such a claim.
Rich, a financial adviser, was the highest-paid partner in PwC’s Sydney
office when she resigned, claiming she had suffered more than a decade of
bullying and harassment, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The executive said her career was scarred by the ‘boys’ club’ culture at the
Sydney-based firm, alleging sexual harassment and discrimination, victimisation
and bullying, which the company denied.
Rich was seeking £5m in damages to her reputation, loss of clients, lost
earnings and counselling. She alleged she was sexually harassed by several
partners in PwC and that her career ambitions, along with those of other women
at the firm, had been thwarted by the company culture.
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