Ernst & Young faces 2nd sexual harassment complaint

NEW YORK (AP) — Ernst & Young has been slapped with a second sexual harassment complaint in less than year describing a culture of discrimination and lewd behavior toward women at the accounting firm.

Karen Ward, a former partner with EY, says her supervisor routinely commented her breasts, suggested she should accompany him to strip clubs and texted her at 2 a.m. while on a work trip asking her to meet him for drinks.

In a complaint filed Monday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ward says she faced retaliation after complaining to senior executives, including one who warned her to “be careful.” Ward was fired this month after five years with the company.

EY, a U.K.-based company with 260,000 employees worldwide, calls Ward’s claims “unfounded and baseless.”

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