Streaming giant Spotify is currently facing a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, equal pay violation and defamation, Variety reports. A female sales exec sued the company for the offenses in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Hong Perez is accusing Spotify of systemically discriminating against female employees. She says her boss, Brian Berner, took just male employees on a pair of drug-fueled Sundance Film Festival “boys’ trips” in 2016 and 2017.
She also claims another Spotify executive was promoted within the company after receiving warnings for sexual harassment. The staff member in question took male coworkers to strip clubs in Atlantic City, she says.
Further, Perez quotes a CFO as saying that “he does not care about diversity at the company” during a town hall meeting. She also alleges the streaming company’s head of sales gave higher salaries and equity to men over women.
“At Spotify, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind at any level,” a rep for the company responded to Variety‘s reporting. “While we cannot comment on the specific details of a pending litigation, these claims are without merit.”
In another incident, Perez says she was falsely accused after Berner got in hot water for accepting free tickets to Madison Square Garden. She was fired from the company for a purported “code of conduct” violation upon taking the blame.
This isn’t the first time the streaming behemoth has faced litigation. Earlier this year, Spotify was sued for infringing on the copyrights of artists such as Weezer, Rage Against The Machine, Tom Petty, the Doors and others.