Update: PlayStation Responds to New Allegations of Sexism and Misconduct in Lawsuit

Update, 3/17/22:

Sony has responded to the latest allegations of sexism and misconduct filed in an ongoing lawsuit by eight other women who previously worked at the company.

This news comes from Axioswhich reports that Sony Interactive Entertainment says it takes these allegations seriously.

“It is certain that SIE takes the substance of the newly submitted statements seriously,” the company’s attorneys write in a new court filing. “While most are former employees who no longer work for SIE, SIE has addressed or will address the issues raised therein in a timely manner, as SIE values ​​its employees and takes proactive steps to ensure they have every chance to flourish and be heard.”

Despite this, Sony is still not ceding any of the charges against it, as noted Axios, as the company is still seeking a court to dismiss the case, which is escalating into a class action lawsuit. For more on the trial and updates from the start, read the original story below.

The original story continues below…


Original story, 3/9/22:

Eight other women, some current and former employees, have added their stories of sexism experienced at Sony PlayStation to a proposed class action lawsuit.

This news comes from Axios, which reports that these eight claims will add to the claims of former Sony IT security analyst Emma Majo. She filed a lawsuit against the company last year, alleging that “Sony discriminates against female employees, including those who are women and those who identify as women, in compensation and promotions and subject to a predominantly male work culture”.

Majo sought court approval in 2021 to turn her case into a class action, saying she filed suit on her behalf and on behalf of all the women who have ever worked for Sony and those who still work there. Then, in February, Sony asked a court to dismiss it. Now, Axios reports that eight other allegations of sexism suffered by the company in US offices have been added to the case. Claims from these women include degrading comments, lack of attention to their ideas and work, unwelcome advances, and a general feeling that it is harder for women to gain promotion within the company. Axios writing.

One of them is Marie Harrington, a 16-year Sony PlayStation veteran. Her filing says there is a lack of women being considered for leadership positions during ‘calibration sessions’, citing that during one session only four women were considered for promotions compared to almost 70 men. which have been considered. Harrington says she heard comments about contestants’ family life during those sessions that were also not made for the affected male contestants.

Another candidate said that an independent study had revealed “a big imbalance in terms of the distribution of employees” within her team. Another, former program manager Kara Johnson, said “I think Sony is not equipped to properly handle toxic environments,” in her court filing, according to Axios. Johnson also allegedly shared a letter she sent to female employees when she left Sony that spoke of multiple attempts to inform superiors about gender bias, discrimination against pregnant women and one man’s resistance. senior human resources to act properly on these claims.

Sony’s request to have this lawsuit dismissed will not be dealt with until a hearing next month.

For more, be sure to Axios’ full report. Find out how Sony asked a court to later dismiss this class action lawsuit.

[Source: Axios]

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