Pokemon Go developer Niantic is being sued by a former employee alleging a “sexist work culture” where she was paid less than male colleagues, despite having a higher position and having been at the company for longer.
As reported by The Verge, the anonymous employee, referred to as Jane Doe, is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit. Class-action status would enable employees affected by Niantic’s alleged “boys club” mentality to be compensated for damages and lost pay stemming from being underpaid and passed over for promotions due to the company’s discriminatory workplace culture, according to the lawsuit.
The aforementioned Jane Doe worked at Niantic from 2020 until last week, when the company laid off more than 200 employees, including Doe. In 2021, she alleges she was making $81,000 a year, but learned that a male colleague who had been hired more recently and at a lower-ranking position was earning more than her. The male colleague continued to make more than Doe in 2022 and 2023 even after she was given raises. It was earlier this year that Doe noticed a job listing for her position that included a salary range, and realized she was being paid $10,000 less than the bottom of the range listed.
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