A former employee of PlayStation has just filed a lawsuit against Sony for unfair dismissal, and gender discrimination.
The trials follow each other and look alike. While Blizzard is once again in turmoil after new revelations about its current CEO Robert Kotick, it’s PlayStation’s turn to be targeted. According to the site Eurogamer, a former employee reportedly recently filed a complaint against Sony Interactive Entertainment in California. The complainant today accuses her former employer of “Cultivate a work environment that discriminates against female employees”, but also of “Discrimination based on sex, harassment and unfair dismissal”.
Discrimination and harassment
In the lawsuit filed on November 22, former PlayStation computer security analyst Emma Majo believes through her lawyers that Sony would “Willfully violated” the American Labor Code, particularly in “Paying women less than men for substantially similar and equal work”. Still according to the complainant, PlayStation would also have favored a “Frat-culture” within his company, for example by giving more promotions to men, or by establishing discriminatory hiring procedures.
The lawsuit also indicates a sexist culture within the company. Emma Majo reports having “Personally heard from managers making inappropriate comments about female employees”.
In addition to accusing her former employer of having fostered a toxic culture, the complainant also accuses Sony of abusing her. fired very soon after she brought up sexism issues that she and her colleagues faced on a daily basis. According to Emma Majo, Sony would at the time have justified this dismissal by the closure of a department within the company. Department to which it did not belong however.
Now determined to bring the case to justice, Emma Majo now hopes to force Sony to change its corporate culture in favor of a more secure space. She also asks “Compensatory damages” the amount of which will be determined during the trial.
Sony turns a deaf ear
Contacted by Eurogamer, Sony has not yet taken the time to react to this matter. However, the situation constitutes a real problem for the company, at a time when Activision Blizzard is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis following similar revelations. Remember also that just a few days ago, the boss of PlayStation Jim Ryan sent a letter to the development studio to condemn his actions.