A former Sony IT security analyst filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Sony in November, alleging that female employees at Sony were not compensated equally with male employees and were subjected to various discriminatory practices. But in a recent court ruling, a federal judge dismissed many of these claims.
A 21-page ruling by US magistrate Laurel Beeler on April 20 dismissed 13 of the 10 claims made by former Sony employee Emma Majo.
This decision included allegations that focused on dismissal, pay discrimination, and harassment, and Beleer wrote that the plaintiff was dismissed because he had only read the elements of the claim and did not assert any specific facts. Specifically, he states that Mao did not disclose his job or that he was “essentially equal” to the work of any man he claimed was paid more than he did. Beeler also ruled that some allegations of harassment were misapplied to "staff decisions such as promotion and demotion".
Sony's lawyers requested that the case be dropped in February, arguing that Majo's allegations did not contain sufficient evidence. Majo will have the chance to amend the remaining three claims for wrongful termination and breach of notice protections, and is said to consider turning his individual case into a class action action.
Beeler acknowledged that eight other claims made by women currently and formerly employed by PlayStation in March "could lead to new allegations."