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PlayStation lawsuit escalates as 8 more testimonies allege sexism within the company

Last year we saw news of PlayStation facing a lawsuit like Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and Riot before them. The lawsuit brought by former PlayStation employee Emma Majo sought to expose Sony’s discrimination against women in the company while calling for action for women in the company to make it a class action.

Well, it seems the call has been answered as more and more stories have surfaced regarding sexism on PlayStation. The new statements add to the claim that PlayStation has fostered a workplace culture hostile to women. Despite Sony’s claims to the contrary, this new set of claims has exposed troublesome practices among Sony employees.

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This new set of information was filed by Majo’s attorney in response to Sony’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit. The statements come from seven former PlayStation employees and one current employee. They provided written statements of support detailing instances of sexism within the company and in several offices across the United States. The demands range from a culture of sexual harassment within the company to discrimination against mothers alongside systemic struggles.

Here is one of the claims of Marie Harrington, a veteran of Sony Online Entertainment and Sony PlayStation for over 16 years. In the statement, she cites a lack of women being considered for leadership positions during “calibration sessions.” In a session that took place in April 2019, only four women were considered for promotions, compared to nearly 70 men. She also reported a man’s bullying behavior to her manager, saying, “Can we fix this before PlayStation has its own national news article?”

Harrington also said Sony men would rank female employees based on their “hotness” and play “lewd jokes and pictures of women.” She also described a case where an engineer asked her not to wear skirts to work “because it distracted him”, and alleged that male engineers went to strip clubs over lunch and shared stories. pornography between them.

This main statement was supported by the other statements. Kara Johnson, a former program manager, said she was aware of 10 women who had left her office in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., in the four months before she left, a sign for her of systemic problems.

While some attrition after the launch of the PS5 is expected, the disproportionate number of women leaving has alarmed executives.

A former employee said she worked directly with four other women during her five years at Sony in the San Mateo and San Francisco offices. All of these women ended up leaving the company “for similar reasons related to gender discrimination, sexual harassment and the inability to get a promotion.” She described instances where men made comments about women not understanding the technology, and another time when a senior executive tried to grope her at an offsite work event.

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There are many other claims leaked by Polygon that showed long-term gender discrimination against women on PlayStation. Unfortunately, the lawsuit also indicates that other women were contacted but were unwilling to add their experiences for fear of reprisal. One thing is sure, it got so bad that several women left PlayStation and Sony because of the terrible working conditions.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.