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PlayStation hit by harassment lawsuit amid Activision Blizzard issues

Published: 24/Nov/2021 11:40

by Lloyd Coombes

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A former PlayStation employee has filed a lawsuit against the company following alleged wrongful termination, gender discrimination, and harassment.

Just days following PlayStation boss Jim Ryan’s condemnation of Activision Blizzard’s handling of its own workplace culture, a new lawsuit has been filed against the console manufacturer by Emma Majo, a former security analyst.

As reported by Axios, the case claims that “Sony tolerates and cultivates a work environment that discriminates against female employees”, while also alleging that female employees are subjected to “disparate treatment in pay and work opportunities”.

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Majo alleges that her career progression was blocked by her superiors and that she was let go from the company following a complaint made about the discrimination.

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According to Majo, her termination was due to a department being closed, but she hadn’t worked in that team and Sony’s actions caused “financial loss” and “non-economic damages” including emotional distress. The lawsuit is aimed at recovering what Majo describes as “general compensatory damages in amounts to be proven at trial”.

The suit comes after a sobering period for the games industry as the continued fallout from the State of California’s legal proceedings against Activision Blizzard’s workplace culture which was filed earlier this year.

In a more recent update, the Wall Street Journal reported that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick had reportedly been aware of allegations, as well as being involved in harassment himself.

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This prompted PlayStation’s Jim Ryan, Xbox’s Phil Spencer, and Nintendo’s Doug Bowser to condemn the way Activision Blizzard had dealt with the allegations via emails to staff.