A former employee of PlayStation filed a lawsuit against Sony Interactive Entertainment in California, claiming that the company “cultivate a work environment that discriminates against female employees“and sued the company for”gender discrimination, harassment and wrongful dismissal“.
In the lawsuit, filed on November 22 by the former PlayStation security analyst Emma Majo (Street Axios), it is claimed that Sony has “violated voluntarily“labor laws”intentionally, knowingly and / or deliberately by paying women less than men for substantially the same or similar jobs“.
According to Majo, who joined the company in 2015, the female PlayStation staff “he was not paid the same way as male employees“who had substantially similar jobs and were”deny promotions“. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that”discriminatory practices, policies and procedures are established and implemented centrally at Sony’s highest level“.
The lawsuit claims that Sony has managers who “they would only talk to male colleagues“if female employees were also present in the same room. Furthermore, managers would ignore requests sent by female staff, responding to those”practically identical“sent by male employees.
Majo claims to have “often“asked managers what she could do to get promoted during her time at Sony, but”has never been able to get an answer“. She also claims that not only did she fail to get promoted, but she was”actually relegated“after asking about promotions.
Furthermore, Majo claims to “having personally heard managers make gendered comments about employees“, citing an incident in which a female worker with a personal problem was described as an employee who”he does not behave well because he has many things to do at home“.
Other alleged examples of gender discrimination highlighted in the lawsuit include “separate proceedings for men and women“because the number of promoted men is”remarkable” is that “human resources create resistance when women try to be promoted“.
According to the lawsuit, Majo filed a signed statement with Sony in 2021 detailing the alleged gender bias he had experienced at the company and “shortly after … he received a letter of dismissal“Sony is said to have linked the layoff to the elimination of a department within the company, but Majo says she was not a member of the department being wound up.
Majo “she was not promoted, and was demoted, due to gender bias, because she is a woman and because she talked about bias“summarizes the cause.”She also claims that her dismissal was caused by gender bias towards women“.
Majo seeks court approval to expand the lawsuit into a class action on behalf of all women who have worked for SIE in California for the past four years.
At the moment Sony has not commented on what emerged.
The news of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s lawsuit comes in the midst of a legal battle between Activision Blizzard and the State of California, which Activision has named.a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women“This story took a crushing turn last week when a Wall Street Journal report claimed that Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick, had been aware of alleged sexual assault and harassment cases within his company for years, but failed to adequately address the issues.
The Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation bosses have all expressed concern over the new allegations, with Jim Ryan claiming to be “disheartened and frankly amazed to read“what Activision”it has not done enough to address a deeply ingrained culture of discrimination and harassment“.
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