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Employee who lost half of his skull after boss' 'bar golf' outing sues international audit firm PwC

Audit giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars by a UK employee who lost half of his skull after work activities that “encouraged excessive drinking”.

Michael Brockie – who is still employed by the company as a manager, according to LinkedIn – suffered a serious head injury after a ‘bar golf’ organized by his employer Had to have half of his skull removed after falling drunk.

Court documents detail how employees were encouraged to drink at every bar they visited at work events in 2019, which represented “holes” in the golf-style drinking game.

Participating workers have scorecards of how many gulps are required to finish a drink, which the document argues “encourages excessive drinking.”

“stressful” in general Brockey, who works in the WWC reading office, said he attended the event from management.

Brockey claims he drank so much at night that he passed out and was later found lying in a

” doctor and police concluded The conclusion was that I fell and didn’t use my hands to stop the fall, so I ended up hitting my head on the floor,” he told broadcaster ITV in 2020. “The next thing I remember is four weeks later.”

Brockey suffered a brain injury in the fall and was taken in He fell into a coma before surgery to remove half of his skull.

Doctors refer to him as Brockey – who said in court documents he still suffers from “persistent cognitive symptoms” and fears he may develop epilepsy – in the accident The surviving “walking miracle”.

According to court documents, Brockie was not able to return to work full-time until more than seven months after the incident.

He is suing PricewaterhouseCoopers for at least £200,000 in damages ($235,104).

Brockie’s lawyers in Fortune declined to comment on the case when contacted.

A PwC spokesperson told FORTUNE on Tuesday that the firm was unable to respond to the case due to ongoing legal proceedings. comment on the specific situation.

“As a responsible employer, we are committed to providing a culture of safety, health and inclusion for all of our employees,” they said. “We also want anyone who socialises to be responsible and keep themselves and others safe.”

Last week, it was revealed that PwC partners in the UK received an average of more than £1 million ($1.2 million) last year.

The company’s revenue in the UK and the Middle East rose 12% in the year to June, prompting a 9% pay rise for half of its workers.

Vague financial services culture

Brockey’s case is just the latest in a string of misconduct allegations

In 2019, a Financial Times survey found “a culture of fear” pervading the so-called “Big Four” accountants Firms: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG.

Last year, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales was told in court that a partner of the firm had sexually harassed a female trainee on a team ski trip.

Meanwhile, London’s s of London offered £1m in March after member firm Atrium Underwriters was accused of bullying and hosting a ‘boys night’ for male staff Fines – the largest in its 336-year history. Sexual comments about female colleagues.

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