After initially denying claims made by former employee Emma Majo in her PlayStation sexism lawsuit, Sony Interactive Entertainment has officially acknowledged the fresh round of allegations made by eight more women who lent credence to Majo’s claims. As reported by Axios, Sony’s lawyers have said that the company takes the new allegations “seriously” but they’re still adamant that Majo doesn’t have adequate proof of her complaints.
What Sony has to say about PlayStation sexism lawsuit
“To be sure, SIE takes the substance of the newly submitted declarations seriously,” Sony’s lawyers said in a new filing. “Although most are by former employees who no longer work at SIE, SIE either has addressed or will address the issues raised in them in due course, as SIE values its female employees and takes proactive steps to ensure they have every opportunity to thrive and be heard.” Despite this, the lawyers claim that Majo’s updated filing doesn’t change their original stance against her claims. They’ve requested the court to dismiss the case. A hearing to consider this request is set for mid April.
Opinion: Sony’s acknowledgement isn’t enough
Zarmena writes… A whopping eight women stepped forward to back up Majo’s claims, and some of them included proof that they had raised the issue of rampant sexism at the time of their employment. In light of this, it doesn’t bode well for Sony to continue dismissing Majo’s allegations and simply “acknowledging” the others. The company claims it has addressed some of the new allegations without anything to show for it. This response and Sony’s insistence on having the case thrown out of court is disheartening at best.