EY Reaches Settlement with Partner Who Alleges Sexual Harassment

New York-based EY (FY16 gross revenue of $11.2 billion) has reached a confidential settlement with Jessica Casucci, a tax partner who alleged that another EY partner sexually harassed and groped her in 2015 and that the firm didn’t take the matter seriously, the Wall Street Journal reported May 3.

Casucci filed a complaint in April with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her complaint stated that John Martinkat made inappropriate comments and grabbed and squeezed her at a conference in Orlando, Fla., in 2015 in front of other colleagues.

“Jessica Casucci and EY have reached a fair and equitable confidential settlement of this matter that involves Jessica leaving the firm,” EY said in a statement. “We are pleased to have reached this resolution.” The settlement was first reported by the New York Post.

Martinkat, who wasn’t part of the EEOC complaint, has been fired from EY, an EY spokesman said. He had been placed on administrative leave last month, around the time Casucci, a partner since 2014, filed her complaint in which she alleged that Martinkat had groped her, lifted her over his shoulder and made lewd and sexual comments during the incident.

Casucci said in the complaint that she was “terrified, upset and deeply offended” and that EY took little or no action against Martinkat when she reported the incident to EY in 2016. The firm showed a “lack of concern for sexual assault and harassment,” she said in the complaint.

He also said her career was damaged because she had to “completely reinvent her career,” by moving to a different EY team and specialty, and declining work on certain projects to avoid Martinkat.