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Former PlayStation employee files renewed gender discrimination lawsuit

Second suit focuses on the company's California offices, alleges similar wrongdoings to original

The former PlayStation employee whose gender discrimination lawsuit had recently been dismissed filed a new complaint against the company.

As reported by Axios, the new lawsuit focuses on PlayStation's locations in California, where the lawsuit was filed, whereas the previous one was seeking damages for all women at PlayStation across the US.

The former employee's accusations are similar to the one that were described in her original lawsuit back in November, alleging that Sony doesn't provide the same career advancement opportunities to women as it does men, committed violations of the Equal Pay Act, and wrongfully terminated her employment.

"Because of Sony's systemic pattern and practice of gender discrimination, the plaintiff and members of the proposed class have suffered harm including lost compensation, back pay, employment benefits, and emotional distress," the lawsuit reads.

Sony called for the original lawsuit to be dismissed in February, claiming that it didn't provide enough facts and would put some women at PlayStation "in conflict with themselves."

Eight women joined the class action lawsuit in March describing unwelcome advances, difficulties getting promoted, and a lack of attention to their work. Sony acknowledged the new wave of plaintiffs, said it was taking the accusations "seriously," but continued to call for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

It eventually was dismissed this April, with the judge saying that the plaintiff "did not plausibly plead" her case. She was offered "leave to amend" and granted 28 days to prepare a second complaint that addresses the judge's concerns.

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