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PwC stands firm in huge 40m discrimination case

THE accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said last night it would &ldquo;vigorously&rdquo; fight a &pound;40m claim made by a former employee in a race discrimination case.<br /><br />Romanian Mihaela Popa worked for PwC between 2004 and 2006 and has already lost one industrial tribunal case with the firm.<br /><br />She now claims to have new evidence which she is using for a new case that is being heard at the Central London Employment Court.<br /><br />According to PwC , the latest claim relates to the period since Popa left the firm.<br /><br />PwC said last night: &ldquo;We believe this new claim is completely without merit and we will again fight the claim vigorously and are confident that we will again be found to have acted entirely appropriately..&rdquo;<br /><br />Popa says she was made to feel &ldquo;like a prostitute&rdquo; while she worked at PwC and claims that various forms of discrimination prevented her from becoming a partner.