A former IT security analyst at Sony PlayStation has filed a lawsuit against the company on Monday, alleging gender discrimination and wrongful termination after speaking up “about discrimination against females” at the company.
Bloomberg reports that the former IT security analyst, named Emma Majo, is seeking to expand her lawsuit into a class action on behalf of women who’ve worked at Sony PlayStation in recent years.
The lawsuit charges that Sony “tolerates and cultivates a work environment that discriminates against female employees, including female employees and those who identify as female.”
Majo also says that Sony discriminates against females and female-identifying employees in terms of compensation, promotions, and “subjects them to a work culture predominated by men.” Majo similarly alleges that she was passed over for multiple promotions, was ignored by her manager, and that her employment was terminated after she submitted a gender bias complaint to Sony.
Adding to the mystery, the lawsuit claims that Majo received a letter stating that a certain department of Sony was being eliminated, and thus Majo’s employment was being terminated, but Majo was not a member of that department.
The lawsuit was filed with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), which submitted a similar lawsuit against Activion-Blizzard earlier this year.
Representatives from PlayStation did not immediately respond to IGN’s request for a comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit joins the growing list of gender discrimination controversies and legal battles facing video game companies big and small, including Activision-Blizzard and its longtime CEO Bobby Kotick, Riot Games, and indie studios like Gone Home developer Fullbright.
You can read the full lawsuit here.
Joseph Knoop is a reporter/producer for IGN.
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