PlayStation facing lawsuit over alleged gender discrimination at the company

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Employee alleges that he was fired upon dismissal of a department despite not working in that department

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A lawsuit has been filed against PlayStation platform owner Sony over alleged gender discrimination in the company.

  • Read more: Sexual Harassment Claims, Lawsuits, and Multiple High Profile Departures – What’s up with Activision Blizzard?
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Filed yesterday (22 November) and reported by axios Today, Emma Majo claims that Sony Interactive Entertainment did not compensate female employees equally to male employees doing the same work, and also denies equal compensation.

Majo, a former IT security analyst, is seeking a jury trial on behalf of all female or female identity employees who have worked at Sony in California over the years. The lawsuit alleges that Sony knowingly violated the Equal Pay Act in the US.

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According to the lawsuit, Majo joined Sony in 2015, and until 2021 the company was dominated by men. Majo also noted that she had to send a request through a male intern to a manager, because a very similar request from a higher-level female employee would be ignored.

PlayStation 5 console. credit: sony

The staff above Majo also apparently dodged discussions with him about how he might get a promotion, and at one point after asking why he was effectively demoted, as he no longer had to report to the VP. Wasn’t asked for, but someone less than a VP.

Majo eventually filed a gender bias complaint to Sony in 2021, only to be terminated from the company. The lawsuit alleges that Soni said this because he was liquidating an entire department, but Majo was not a member of said department, making the grounds for termination false.

It comes amid news that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick had known about the sexual misconduct scandal at that company for years, and did nothing about it. Kotick has now explicitly stated that he may step down if he cannot improve the company culture.

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