Was Bank of America Intern Worked to Death?
August 21, 2013
The sudden death of a student working as an intern at Bank of America Merrill
Lynch in London has led to Internet speculation he worked punishing hours.
The bank released little information about Moritz Erhardt's death, saying only
it was under investigation, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Erhardt, 21, was a student at WHU -- Otto Beisheim School of Management near
Koblenz in Germany and had just completed an exchange year at the University of
Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He was living at Claredale House,
a student hostel in East London, during his seven-week internship.
Posts on wallstreetoasis.com and other online sites suggested Erhardt frequently
worked through the night.
"It is absolutely true: he lived in Claredale House and he was found dead in the
shower by his flatmate," a poster who used the name Magnum said. "Intern at BAML
who went home at 6am three days in a row. I saw the ambulance and people crying
in the courtyard and did not understand what was going on."
The bank released a statement calling Erhardt "a highly diligent intern with our
company with a promising future." A spokesman called speculation about his death
"premature," and said interns have mentors and "buddies" and that a staffing
officer makes sure no one is given too much work.
The Metropolitan Police said there was no suggestion of foul play.
Source: Copyright UPI 2013