California Department of Fair Employment and Housing lawsuit against Activision Blizzard seems to have opened a Pandora’s Box on gender-related issues in the gaming community. While Activision Blizzard has recently been buoyed by lawsuits, other video game companies have, at one point or another, been implicated in several types of sexual harassment or sexist claims, including Riot Games, Ubisoft and more recently Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Emma Majo, former IT security analyst for PlayStation, file a lawsuit against the company earlier this week for alleged sex discrimination and wrongful termination under the US Equal Pay Act.
“Sony discriminates against female employees, including those who are female and those who identify as female, in compensation and promotion and subject them to a predominantly male work culture. gender,” reads the lawsuit.
Majo claims that she held the same position in the company from 2015 to 2021, was repeatedly passed for promotion and ignored by her manager, who only reacts to men. She says that female employees at PlayStation struggle to get promoted at the same rate as their male counterparts.
Majo added that her contract was terminated earlier this year after she filed a sex discrimination complaint with the company. Management is said to have told her that she would be terminated due to the closure of an internal department even though she was not in that department.
She is also seeking court approval to expand the case into a class-action lawsuit on behalf of other female employees who have worked at PlayStation in the past.
The filing comes after an internal memo from Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan criticized Activision Blizzard’s response to Last week of The Wall Street Journal.
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