Sony Music’s head office in the United States is investigating allegations of discrimination, bullying and harassment at its subsidiary Sony Music Australia.
As reported by Sydney Morning HeraldNathaniel Cooper, former and current Sony Music Australia employees, was contacted by Sony Music’s global human resources manager after a member of staff at the Darlinghurst branch lodged a complaint. The New York-based human resources manager is said to have had confidential discussions with at least four staff, past and current.
Big bosses at Sony Australia have been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct. A former Sony Australi member, who worked as a label coordinator for four years, claims she was sexually harassed by a senior executive the day before her performance review.
“We were at a business casual event where everyone was drinking except me. I remember (the senior manager) scrambling his speech when he told me he would do my performance review the next day, ”she said via SMH.
“He leaned over and looked at my top and said ‘if your opinion was based on your physique you would get top marks.”
The anonymous source claims that after complaining to Sony Music Australia’s human resources department, she was offered a promotion which never materialized. The same woman claims to have been sexually assaulted by another senior Sony executive, who groped her breasts during a concert.
Another woman revealed that while at Sony, junior employees fell prey to senior men with no consequences. She details an incident in which she had consensual sex with a Sony Music Australia executive and was later reprimanded by HR for ‘upsetting’ the executive after bringing up the matter at a business meeting.
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The report also details several occasions where Sony Music Australia has reportedly fired pregnant women and new mothers, only to rename their roles and hire new employees.
The revelations follow the sacking of Tony Glover, former vice president of commercial music at Sony Music Australia, whose three-decade career came to an end after a weeks-long investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior in April.
Senior lawyer for Sony Music Australia launched the investigation in February and found several staff members were allegedly intimidated and harassed by Tony Glover.
“It was common knowledge not to be alone with Tony when he was drunk, I never put myself in a position where I was alone with him,” said one woman, who was led by Glover. SMH.
A former staff member says he raised concerns about Glover’s behavior, but they were fired.
“I remember trying to talk to a more experienced coworker and she said ‘this is the culture here, you will get used to it’,” she said. “I told a few other friends over there, other junior staff, it was so normal that I was being looked at strangely for asking about it.”
Following the revelation of this damning report, several senior Sony Music Australia employees claimed that the culture of the company had changed.
Sony Music Australia has promoted at least eight female employees over the past 12 months, with two women in leadership roles: Kate Bonanno now heads the publicity team that looks after Australian artists and Sophie McCarthur serves as vice-president. president.
Meanwhile, Lucy Baker is elevated to the rank of Head of Communications, with responsibilities for raising awareness and developing strategic plans for Sony Music’s international and domestic acts. Annastasia Robertson, who is appointed Media Manager, also reports to Bonanno.
Sophie Paterson of Spotify was also recently hired as Senior Director of Audience Development and Digital Communications.