Sony Hack Leads To Claims Of Harassment By Black Female Employee

December 16, 2014  |  

The recent hack over at Sony has uncovered some surprising revelations about the Hollywood giant. Not only has it been costly for the studio, but also embarrassing and revealing. Moreover, according to one report about the hacked email, Sony execs were accused of racism, sexual harassment by a Black female worker.

An email hacked from Sony Pictures goes into the alleged harassment of a Black female employee fired in 2011. According to the accuser, she was passed over for promotions, called misogynistic names, and subjected to an atmosphere of bullying and unwelcome advances.

“It is a sordid tale of alleged harassment of a Black female employee who claims to have experienced racism and been called ‘Queen B’ — which she saw as a euphemism for ‘b—h’ — by a top executive, Keith Le Goy,” reports The New York Daily News. She said at one point, Le Goy called her a ‘dumb b—h.’ The employee had been an administrative assistant to Le Goy, president of Sony international distribution, for five of her seven years with the firm.

The email was hacked out of the inbox of Sony Pictures chief counsel Leah Weil. The accuser was a longtime Sony employee and she was the one who sent the email in October 2011, a day after she was fired, Gawker reports. The ex-employee’s name has not released but she was let go three days after she returned from a two-month workers’ compensation leave, according to the email.She said Le Goy created an atmosphere of “disparate and unfair treatment” by promoting less-qualified White colleagues over African-Americans with more seniority and experience.“Before I joined International Distribution at Sony, my childhood passion for TV had been honed by working for a tough partner at William Morris, an SVP at Lion’s Gate and assisting an executive in legal at Sony,” the ex-employee wrote. “Despite my experience, bilingual ability and 4-year degree, Monica Howe, a Caucasian female — who has less seniority than I, no 4-year degree, far less entertainment experience, by her own admission…was promoted to ‘Analyst’ in our department within 18 months, leapfrogging over me.”

Besides saying she was overlooked because of her race, the woman claimed there was also “harassment, retaliation, bullying women, name-calling, offensive language, threats, blocking my advancement and transfers, withholding information to paint a negative opinion, maligning, unsolicited hugs and invitations, resulting in sexual harassment and drinking during work hours in the office,” according to Gawker.

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