A former female sales executive at Spotify sued both the company and its US head of sales for gender discrimination, pay equal violence, and defamation. On September 18th, Hong Perez sued Spotify by filing a suit in New York Supreme Court in which she accused the company of stimulating negative work culture for women there.
Perez hired in 2015 said that her Boss Brian Berner selected a male-only group to attend Sundance in 2016 and 2017 and that few of them received physical altercation during one of those trips. She also accuses that another executive employee was promoted after getting several warning for sexual harassment, and that executive took male sales staff to strip clubs in Atlantic City.
According to the complaint:
Spotify’s Global Head of Sales also awarded higher compensation and equity to men as compared to women. Indeed, one such male employee was promotedafterhe had been the subject of a sexual harassment complaint and received multiple warnings from the company. This same executive accompanied other (male-only) Spotify managers to Atlantic City, purportedly as part of “business,” where they visited strip clubs.
Perez claims the Company’s HR boss once told her that Human resource division favors male employees who engaged in harassing conduct. The lawsuit further reports that Perez got fired at the start of the year over a business deal which was led by Berner. She further states that Berner was rebuked by Spotify for accepting free tickets for a concert at Madison Square Garden, so later he put all the blame for the situation on her.
Spotify said in a statement given to the variety “We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind at any level. While we cannot comment on the specific details of a pending litigation, these claims are without merit.”
He sent letters to hundreds of employees claiming that Perez violated company’s code of conduct and guidelines. Perez has been working for three years, over her period there she received positive performance feedback and reviews, She was also being credited as a HERO in one of the company’s internal presentation. But during her time at Spotify, she begins to observe company treatment with female employees, and on Tuesday she sued Spotify by filing a lawsuit.