SIE Faces a Gender Discrimination and Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

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The video games business is in fairly a state in the meanwhile. Following Riot, Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, and others, the newest firm to face allegations of gender discrimination is Sony Interactive Entertainment, after a former IT safety analyst filed a lawsuit in opposition to the writer and console producer. According to Axios, the lawsuit was filed in California on Monday, November 22, 2021, and additionally contains allegations of wrongful termination.

Former Sony Interactive Entertainment IT safety analyst Emma Majo joined the corporate in 2015. At the time, her division ratio was 3:2, males to females, however the hole between them grew to become better as years handed. Some managers (Director of Product Security Yuu Sugita was particularly named within the lawsuit) wouldn’t communicate to feminine colleagues if male colleagues have been in the identical room. These managers would allegedly solely reply to requests from male workers and some would additionally reportedly make discriminatory feedback. Majo says she was handed over for promotions a number of instances throughout the six years she was with Sony.

Sony has not but commented on the lawsuit, although Majo claims within the lawsuit that Sony says she was terminated as a result of an inside division was closed, nevertheless she claims she was not a a part of that division on the time. Instead, Majo says she was terminated after submitting a gender bias grievance to Sony, and that they didn’t examine her grievance correctly.

Majo is now eager to develop the lawsuit into a class motion on behalf of almost 40 different ladies who’ve labored at Sony over the past 4 years. She claims Sony violated the United States’ Equal Pay Act, stating: “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.” She additionally alleges “Sony has failed to respond adequately or appropriately to evidence and complaints of discrimination.”

The allegations are the newest in a string of controversies to rock the gaming world detailing unsavory working circumstances at many various studios, similar to Telltale Games, BioWare, Rockstar Games, Riot Games, Naughty Dog, Ubisoft, Paradox Interactive, and Quantic Dream. The most outstanding of those proper now could be the continuing fallout over misconduct and toxic work culture issues at Activision. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, together with Xbox head Phil Spencer and Nintendo boss Doug Bowser, have even made feedback about Activision’s failure to handle these issues, nevertheless it looks like Sony is probably not totally harmless itself.

[Source: Axios]