Sony sued for gender discrimination by ex PlayStation employee

Olivia Richman • November 24, 11:54

Sony is being sued by a former PlayStation employee for discrimination.

Emma Majo, who used to be a security analyst for PlayStation, claimed that Sony “tolerates and cultivates a work environment that discriminates against female employees.” Majo claims in the lawsuit that women working at PlayStation were turned down for promotions and positions and were paid less than male employees.

Majo was allegedly released from the company due to a departmental closure, but she states in the claim that her superiors wouldn’t allow her to progress further while she was still employed. After Majo made a complaint about discrimination, she was let go from the company. Majo stated that Sony’s action caused “financial loss” and “non-economic damages” including emotional distress.

Said a report by Axios: “Majo alleges that she was ignored by a manager who only responded to men, was passed over for promotions, and was terminated this year after submitting a gender bias complaint to the company.”

Sony in spotlight after Activision Blizzard gender discrimination lawsuit

The discrimination lawsuit against Sony comes soon after the company condemned Activision Blizzard for its own gender discrimination issues.

Blizzard employees recently signed a petition and staged a walkout after the company’s board stood by its embattled CEO despite reports coming out that Bobby Kotick had threatened a female employee’s life and repeatedly ignored harassment complaints.

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said in an email that Blizzard has not done enough to address the company’s “deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment.” Ryan went on to write that Activision Blizzard’s statements on the matter did not properly address the situation.

Nintendo and Microsoft have also expressed disappointment in Activision Blizzard’s response to the walkout and ongoing allegations. Sony has yet to respond publicly to this recent allegation and Majo’s lawsuit.

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