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Former Employee is Suing Spotify over Gender Discrimination

A former sales representative of the music streaming service; Spotify, is filing a lawsuit against the platform because of how it is running. Hong Parez, hired in July 2015, spoke up about the platform’s practices. She claims only male sales employees attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and in 2017. This was despite the fact there were women who had just as much qualification to attend.

Parez states that the employees were known to take drugs and go to strip clubs during these trips; all of which Head of US Sales, Brian Berner, orchestrates. She also claims that the entire workplace was discriminatory towards their female employees.

The ex-employee accuses Spotify of paying her less than her male counterparts and that a male employee, who has multiple sexual harassment accusations, received a promotion.

Parez states in her report that she was unfairly fired in July 2018, when Berner blamed her for his mistake. “As part of the deal, Berner sought and accepted tickets for concerts at Madison Square Garden from one of the would-be parties to the agreement,” the suit reads, “It became obvious that Berner had been telling Internal Audit that [Perez] was to blame for his mess.”

Parez also went after the CFO who allegedly said he did not care about diversity. “At Spotify, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind at any level,” a Spotify representative said when asked about the suit. “While we cannot comment on the specific details of a pending litigation, these claims are without merit.”

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