Days go by and accusations of harassment and discrimination are on the rise within the video game industry. So far, the main cases have mainly concerned the largest publishers. The console builders were preserved. Till today. This time, it is Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) which is the subject of a complaint. And things could potentially take on a whole new dimension.
A discrimination and harassment complaint now targets PlayStation in the United States. A former employee of SIE has indeed just filed a lawsuit against the video game giant. She accuses him of gender discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal.
The case, spotted by Axios, was relayed by the British site VGC. Official documents reveal that a former security analysté IT at PlayStation by the name of Emma Majo filed the lawsuit in California. The procedure, which began on November 22, states that:
Sony tolerates and cultivates a work environment that discriminates against its female employees. The latter are perpetually subject to illegal disparate treatment in terms of salary and professional opportunities..
For PlayStation, will a small trial become big?
According to the complainant, her superiors systematically blocked her chances for advancement during her five years with SIE. She also claims that her dismissal came shortly after filing an internal complaint about this perceived gender discrimination. She finally explains that Sony justified her dismissal by closing her department. Emma Majo says, however, that she did not work in the department concerned.
According to Emma Majo, Sony’s discriminatory practices and policies are not confined to a single office or subsidiary. She believes this concerns Sony as a whole. The case could also take on a whole new scale soon.
Emma Majo seeks the approval of the Court to transform her complaint into a class action. Class action lawsuit that would involve all women employed by SIE in California for the past four years. FYI, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s headquarters are located in San Mateo, California.
Are you kidding Jim Ryan?
The timing of this case makes the situation even more difficult for Sony. Jim Ryan, president of PlayStation, indeed spoke last week about the situation at Activision Blizzard. In an internal e-mail, the boss of SIE revealed the official positioning of the management of the company in this matter.
According to him, PlayStation was “discouraged” and “stunned“by the fact that Activision does not have”done enough to address the rooted culture of discrimination and harassment“within it. Jim Ryan even added that Activision’s response so far was not “suitable. “
In addition to commenting on what is happening with others, SIE will therefore have to face its own problems. And it is justice that will decide. For its part, Sony has not yet publicly commented on this new affair.
What does this new twist inspire you? Do you think problems like this affect all large corporations? Does this new case change the way you view Jim Ryan’s recent statements? Give us your opinion in the comments below.