City Girl Quits After Saucy Email Goes Global
Damien Pearse, Sky News Online
A graduate trainee at a top accountancy firm has quit her job after a private email she wrote about the "fittest" men in the office went around the world.
The email was sent to colleagues but ended up scrutinised by bosses
Holly Leam-Taylor sent a cheeky request to a small number of female colleagues asking them to vote on the most attractive males at her Deloitte office in London.
But the email - titled Deloitte First-Year Analysts' Christmas Awards - spread like wildfire over the internet and was soon under the glare of unimpressed bosses.
The 22-year-old, from Surrey, resigned within 24 hours.
The former Warwick University student said she sent out the email as a "light-hearted joke" to celebrate Christmas but conceded it damaged the firm's reputation.
"While intended as a joke, this is a stark reminder of the need to exercise careful judgement when using email." A Deloitte spokesman
She began it by writing: "So girls... it's been nearly four months at Deloitte so I think we should have some sort of Xmas awards ceremony for us ladies about the stuff that really matters at work ie gossip/the boys!
"This probably massively violates the HR equal opportunities policy, but never mind! It's all for a fun and a bit of a laugh."
She went on to list a number of categories on which to vote, including Fittest Boy (looks), Fittest Boy (body) and Best Dressed Boy.
She also invited colleagues to vote on Most Attractive 'Older Member' of Staff and The Official Deloitte First-year Analysts Girls' Man of The Year.
A Deloitte spokesman told Sky News Online: "We are very disappointed by this matter.
"While intended as a joke, this is a stark reminder of the need to exercise careful judgement when using email."
Miss Leam-Taylor graduated with a 2:1 in Management and joined Deloitte on an estimated £25,000 a year.