Sony Interactive Entertainment is hit with a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination

    
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We won this one.

This past Monday, a female former IT analyst for Sony Interactive Entertainment filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that she was the victim of gender discrimination and was wrongfully terminated for bringing up the matter.

According to the filing, plaintiff Emma Majo did not receive a promotion and held the same job title between 2015 and 2021 despite attempts to advance her career while her manager ignored her and only responded to male co-workers. The suit also alleges that she was fired shortly after she signed a statement accusing the company of gender discrimination, with Sony stating that the department she was a part of was being closed down despite the plaintiff not being a part of said department.

The suit seeks to obtain class action status, as Majo claims that other women within PlayStation face similar struggles to get the same pay raises as men.

This filing comes just a week after president and CEO Jim Ryan distributed an internal memo condeming Activision-Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick, where he wrote about being “disheartened and frankly stunned to read” about the “deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment” within ActiBlizz.

source: Axios via GamesIndustry.biz, thanks to Arktorous for the tip!
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Eugeniu INFO

A question to those living in US: are there any inspection agencies at the state level that would have to prevent this kind of scenarios from happening. I assume auditors don’t check on such aspects. However, an agency entitled to check on the work environment situation would seem logic.
I’m a working in EU, in a tech company. It’s the third tech company in my repertoire. However, I haven’t once seen such issues as currently alleged to Blizzard, Sony etc. Either I am lucky, or there is a huge issue with entertainment media companies.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Even if there weren’t systemic problems deeply rooted in the history of the country and the industry, which there are, it’s a question of scale.

The US has some of the largest corporations, has a population equal to 3/4ths of the entire EU, and a landmass twice the size of the EU and a serious issue with budget priorities. If 10% of the military budget was devoted to anywhere else, it would double most departments’ budgets.

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Utakata

Meta: Speaking of anecdotal’s, thanks to “bro” culture in denial, my OP is locked. And for the record, readers have idea how much that’s irritated me! There, I said it. >:

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Bree Royce

Sorry Uta, yeah it wasn’t anything you did.

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Bruno Brito

Not the first time that these pricks get civil discourse locked because they can’t keep their corporate rimjobbing disguised as enlightened centrism in check.

It’s quite irritating, indeed.

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Utakata

…and I’m not blaming you either. You did what you had to do. So that’s least appreciated. But it’s thanks to certain “bro’s”that we can’t have nice things. :(

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Hikari Kenzaki

At least you can feel vindicated that exactly what you said would happen, happened.

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Bruno Brito

Everything up to here, including Peregrine Falcon liking most of these stupid comments, is extremely predictable.

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Hikari Kenzaki

HAHAHAHAHA You’re not wrong… and I was thinking the same thing.

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Utakata

…welcome to the “fly over country” seats. /sigh

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: …readers have no* idea how much that’s irritated me…proper.

…and yeah, pigtails make sentence structure issues when typing in anger. >.<

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Andrew Clear

I see accusations being made, but no evidence being presented to back up those claims.

From the Axios article: The suit alleges violations of the United States’ Equal Pay Act, saying: “Sony discriminates against female employees, including those who are female and those who identify as female, in compensation and promotion and subjects them to a work culture predominated by men.”

If what is being alleged is true, why are there no criminal proceedings? A class action suit is just a money grab, and doesn’t actually prove any guilt, as the burden of proof is much lower, and you just need to appeal to a jury to take from Peter to pay Paul, and since it isn’t the jury’s money, it is much easier to convince them.

If companies are violating the law, then bring forth the evidence and file criminal proceedings against them. The dubios cash grabs need to stop. At least in the Blizzard situation, a serious investigation and legal filings were made.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Just because an investigation does not make headlines, does not mean it does not exist. Look at how long it was before the Blizzard ones became public knowledge. And that was only because the government opted to let it become public knowledge because Blizzard was jerking the investigation around.

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Andrew Clear

There isn’t an investigation or she wouldn’t have filed a class action lawsuit.

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Bree Royce

Can you please stop coming into every single thread about lawsuits and lecturing us on how you think the justice system works. We’re under absolutely no obligation whatsoever to withhold our opinions, nor do these people behind this lawsuit owe you any evidence, and frankly, your “if this is true, why didn’t she go to the cops” stuff is exhausting and juvenile. I’m tired of having to mod this crap.

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Arktouros

The crazy thing about this one, other than the whole commenting on another company when your own has issues, is the way they terminated her. Like I generally don’t worry about getting fired at work because unless you super fuck up they go through multiple writeups, warnings and it’s a whole process. However just being thrown under the bus, your whole department has been laid off or getting shuffled into one (like with her) is actually terrifying. Like a sword of Damocles always just up above your head able to be let go at any time with a perfectly acceptable reason to cover up any nefarious ones.

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Utakata

Moving aside the whataboutism nonsense that trolls will likely trot out over this…

…did Sony not expect that the crap being revealed over at Acti/Blizz would start shining a light on their “hunkydory” culture? I am personally not surprised about this in the least. /sigh

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Hikari Kenzaki

It’s really something CEOs of big companies should probably never cast stones on. If you’re running a large corporation, sexual harassment and discrimination IS happening. Every damn day.
You can’t control every dickhole in your organization all the time and the tech industry has a seriously pervasive bro culture. Situations like ActiBlizz are good occasions to allow your workers to join in solidarity, but as an executive, it’s a reminder to look to your own house and keep vigilant. Not fish for positive headlines.

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Andrew Clear

I work in the tech industry, and I never ran into the “bro” culture that everyone keeps commenting on. Some companies are that way, but as an industry, I cannot claim that that is the law of the land.

In a small company, CEOs know a lot more of what is going on in the rank and file than in a large company. If a company has many offices in different locations, then the CEO knows even less about what is going on. They only know what is relayed to them.

I can blame a CEO if it is official company policy, but I cannot blame them for the actions of individuals (who, for some reason, are not held accountable in the court of public opinion, as we just like to blame the CEO or company, which doesn’t help the situation at all).

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Hikari Kenzaki

As someone who has worked in the tech industry for most of my adult life, I have seen it. Just because you haven’t, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

The world needs a lot of things and has a lot of improvements that could be made.

The thing the world doesn’t need is yet another dude jumping into the comments section on the internet to say I don’t believe her, where is the proof? Got plenty of those.

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Andrew Clear

I never said I don’t believe her, and there is an example of an accusation that has no evidence to back it up. Evidence that I never made that claim is easily found on this page. She could be telling the truth, and she could be making a false accusation in order to profit. There is also another case, where she believed something was happening that wasn’t happening, but from her perspective it was happening. We do not know, as there is no evidence that has been presented. Of course, there will be evidence presented in court, and I will hold my judgements until then.

What the world doesn’t need are more people, rushing to convict people based on accusations with no evidence. We have plenty of those as well, and they are never held accountable for the lives they have destroyed.