Let’s say you’re a professional businessperson and you’re at a work event. Let’s also say that you and your colleagues are wearing costumes. And let’s also say that there’s plenty of alcohol and some people are overserved and you are one of these overserved persons.
At some point in this scenario, while you’re deep in your cups, you grope someone in an unwelcome fashion. This person reports your misconduct, and you’re ultimately shown the door.
What’s your next move? Do some soul searching? Examine your behavior? Attempt to make amends with your victim and yourself so that you can pick up the pieces and move on?
According to an article in the Daily Mail, one former PwC U.K. partner passed on all the reflection and remorse and went straight for litigation:
An accountant accused of sexually assaulting a colleague at a fancy-dress party claims he is a victim of age and race discrimination.
The man was dressed as a lumberjack when he allegedly put his hand up the skirt of a woman in an Elvis Presley costume and touched her bottom.
He was forced to quit as a partner of top accounting firm PwC, but denies the accusation and says he was unfairly dismissed on grounds of age and race.
He is suing the firm for £5million, claiming bosses tried to portray him as a ‘dirty old Indian man’ to force him out.
What kind of narcissist shit-for-brains (allegedly!) gropes a woman, then screams about being treated unfairly, and still demands to get paid? Who does this guy think he is, The President of the United States?
Besides, this nameless martyr who believes he has £5 million coming his way because he’s the one who has been wronged here has an airtight alibi:
He said he had no memory of the second part of the night, including the second club where the assault allegedly occurred, after suffering a drink-induced ‘blackout’. PwC’s barrister, Caspar Glyn QC, asked: ‘During that period of blackout you’re still saying you were in your senses and although you can’t remember anything, you still didn’t do what you’re accused of doing.’
The man replied: ‘I didn’t do anything she is claiming I did.’
These are the types of cases where you wish “throw the book at him” was also a literal punishment.