Spotify sued for gender discrimination and equal pay violation

A former female employee alleges ‘boys’ trips’ to strip clubs and that an executive was promoted after sexual harassment warnings. Spotify says the claims are ‘without merit’

A former Spotify sales executive is suing the music streaming giant for gender discrimination, equal pay violation and defamation. Hong Perez alleges that the Swedish company systematically discriminated against female employees, Variety reports.

Perez alleges that her former boss, the US head of sales Brian Berner, took only male employees to the Sundance independent film festival in 2016 and 17. She says employees spoke of “drug use” on these “boys’ trips” and alleges that one man got into a physical fight during one. She claims these trips excluded more senior women.

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