Eight more women accuse Sony of gender discrimination


In November last year, a former Sony PlayStation employee accused the company of discriminating against women. In her complaint, former PlayStation IT security analyst Emma Majo alleged that she was fired for speaking out about gender bias at the company. Shortly after, he asked the court to expand his complaint to a class-action lawsuit. Now, eight more women have accused the company of gender discrimination.

The new plaintiffs include both former and current Sony employees, only one of whom has chosen to remain anonymous. Plaintiff Mary Harrington worked for Sony Interactive Entertainment for 17 years, during which time she was Chief of Staff to George Cacioppo, Senior VP of Engineering. The court filing said that when she left Sony, she explained that she was resigning because of systemic sexism. “When I left Sony, I told Rachel Gharban, SVP and director of HR at the Rancho Bernardo office, that I was giving up on systemic sexism against women,” Harrington said.

Furthermore, she said that Sony lowers the numerical rating if a woman becomes pregnant and takes maternity leave. “Family status is part of job performance for women, but not for men … Aggression is perceived as acceptable or positive for men, but a negative factor for women,” she says. couple,

The plaintiffs accuse the company of ‘blaming women when male employees perform poorly’. The court filing shows, ‘Even though the man responsible for the project speaks out to correct the unwarranted criticism, Sony managers continue to blame the female worker.

The court documents also allege that the company takes current job title into account when making promotion-related decisions rather than performance. “Human resources and managers also often say that a person cannot be promoted because they do not currently have a certain specific job title. I believe SIE makes it harder for women to get promoted, and one way to do this is by looking at current job titles and deciding whether someone is a certain person because of their current job title. Not qualified for the job, without the actual test of his skills,” another plaintiff told the court.

Another employee, Angelica Edwincula, who has been working with Sony in its San Mateo office since 2007, told the court that ‘she was told she could not earn any promotions.’ He was told that earning another promotion required a master’s degree. However, when the company posted the job advertisement for this position it said that only a bachelor’s degree is required.

In particular, cases of sex discrimination are not unique to Sony. Over the years, several gaming companies have been accused of systemic sexism. Riot Games paid $100 last December to settle a class-action lawsuit over gender discrimination and harassment. In addition, Activision Blizzard is also facing multiple investigations into claims of gender discrimination.

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