Story at a glance

  • A former female Sony PlayStation employee filed a lawsuit against the gaming giant on Monday, alleging gender discrimination and wrongful termination.
  • In the suit, the ex-employee, Emma Majo, says she was passed over for promotions because of her gender and was terminated after she submitted a gender bias complaint to Sony.
  • Other gaming companies in recent years have come under fire over their poor treatment of female employees.

A former female Sony PlayStation employee filed a lawsuit against the company on Monday, alleging gender discrimination and wrongful termination. 

The employee, Emma Majo, an ex-IT security analyst at PlayStation, said she was fired from the gaming giant after speaking up about “discrimination against females,” according to the lawsuit.

Majo in the lawsuit alleges she was ignored by a supervisor who only responded to men and that she had to communicate with him through a male intern. She also claims she was passed over for promotions multiple times since joining the company in 2015 and was demoted because of her gender.

“It seems that males and females have different career tracks at Sony,” Majo’s attorney, Stephen Noel Ilg, told Forbes on Monday, adding that Majo had asked at least three different managers for advice on getting promoted.


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Majo alleges she was fired last month after submitting a gender bias complaint to Sony. In her suit, she says Sony in a letter told her she was being terminated because it was dissolving one of its departments, which she says she was not even a member of.

Majo is seeking court approval to expand her suit into a class action on behalf of women who have worked at PlayStation, Axios reported, alleging violations of the U.S. Equal Pay Act.

“Sony discriminates against female employees, including those who are female and those who identify as female, in compensation and promotion and subjects them to a work culture predominated by men,” the lawsuit states.

Gaming companies have come under fire in recent years over their treatment of women. 

State and federal suits were brought against the “Call of Duty” game maker Activision Blizzard earlier this year over claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.

In 2018, women from Riot Games filed a class-action suit alleging gender discrimination, and reports of sexual harassment and abuse were brought against the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise developer Ubisoft last year.


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Published on Nov 23, 2021