An ex-PlayStation employee has filed a lawsuit against Sony’s gaming branch. According to a Forbes report, the ex-IT analyst, Emma Majo, filed the suit on Monday, alleging significant gender discrimination and that the company, “tolerates and cultivates a work environment that discriminates against female employees, including female employees and those who identify as female.”
In the suit, Majo accuses the company of violating the US’ Equal Pay Act and alleges that Sony PlayStation cultivates a male-dominant and male-swayed culture. This resulted in her (and other female and female-identifying employees) being passed over for promotions, being compensated unfairly, and being generally ignored and demeaned by management.
Majo also alleges that she was laid off after she submitted a complaint regarding gender discrimination. According to Sony, the reason for her termination was that a certain department was being shut down, which would check out if not for the fact that Majo did not belong to that department.
Majo is seeking compensation from Sony, as well as compensation for all female employees making less than male employees in the same positions as them.
Most notably is that Majo filed her suit through the California DFEH, which has spearheaded the lawsuit effort against Activision Blizzard for similar gender-based discrimination. The outcry since news of the initial Activision Blizzard suit has been fairly clamorous, with thousands of employees last week demanding that the company’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, resign. Ironically, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan recently criticised Kotick for his situation. If this case is anything like that, we might see similar stories to Majo’s cropping up as the week continues, and similar backlash towards PlayStation and Ryan.