The chair of tax law at the University of Leeds has lambasted the CEO of a tax advisory business for an "inappropriate" comment about ring girls.
Jimmy Sexton, President of tax advisory firm Esquire Group, tweeted a pumped post-gym selfie along with the following rumination on Twitter:
His musing didn't go down well with Rita de la Feria, tax law professor at the University of Leeds, who responded:
De la Feria told RollOnFriday that she found Sexton's comment "inappropriate" even if it was said "as a joke". She added that "a professional conference - tax or otherwise - should be an inclusive environment, where experts, regardless of their gender, can share their views and expertise, and not one where women appear as cheerleaders for men experts".
She also said that Sexton's response "namely that appropriateness is subjective" was also "not only unsatisfactory, but also misguided" and that it "only added strength to that initial point".
When RollOnFriday asked Sexton about the tweet, he responded "who said I joking (sic) about bringing ring girls to a tax conference—you haven’t seen my ring girls! People need to stop being so sensitive. Not everything has to be stogy (sic) and boring in the tax world". He then provided a fantastically Trumpesque-lengthy response which can be read in full here.
Social media spats in the legal world are not uncommon, and a Bengal Tiger was unleashed on LinkedIn earlier this month.