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Deloitte fires 20 partner for bad behaviour

12 December 2018

Deloitte has fired 20 UK partners over the past four years for inappropriate behavior, including bullying and sexual harassment, according to CEO David Sproul.

In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper he explained: “We will fire people for any inappropriate behavior. No one is protected.”

The Big 4 firm is the first to disclose the extent of any dismissals for bad behavior in its senior ranks. Sproul told the FT that the firm has now ‘reinforced’ existing guidance on appropriate conduct in response to the #MeToo movement, such as rules on socializing with colleagues after work.

Sproul went on: ‘You can’t meet someone more junior to you in a bar on a Friday evening after work and assume she or he is attracted to you [and is seeking] a one-night stand. You just can’t do it.”

Deloitte also applies a zero-tolerance policy on clients who behave inappropriately, which is rumoured to be a widespread problem.

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