Legislation agency flooded with complaints in opposition to Sony Music Australia from former staff
Greater than 40 former Sony Music Australia staff have contacted a Sydney regulation agency looking for recommendation about the potential for taking motion in opposition to the world’s second-largest report label, since allegations of a poisonous office tradition first aired and its Australian chief govt was eliminated in June.
A category motion in opposition to the corporate has not been dominated out, and no choice has but been made whether or not any proposed litigation will stay inside Australia or broadened to incorporate Sony Music Leisure’s international head workplace in New York.
The regulation agency MacDougall & Hydes confirmed to Guardian Australia that in current weeks dozens of men and women from a broad vary of the corporate’s operations had contacted its workplaces.
“Class actions aren’t easy, and a call to institute one relies on many components,” the agency’s principal Lauren MacDougall mentioned.
“Step one is to talk to the people to establish what their grievance is and what their expectations are.
“At the moment, it’s merely far too quickly to verify the place.”
On 21 June, some of the highly effective males in Australian pop music, Denis Handlin, was dismissed as CEO of Sony Music Australia. It got here per week after the Guardian approached Sony Music’s New York head workplace with a number of complaints from former staff alleging a poisonous work surroundings on the firm’s Australian arm.
The complaints, that are aimed broadly on the office tradition somewhat than particular people, embrace allegations of sexual harassment at work occasions, intimidating behaviour, alcohol abuse and the unfair therapy of ladies within the office. They span greater than 20 years.
Not one of the former staff Guardian Australia spoke to made any allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Handlin himself, though they have been crucial of the office tradition on the firm whereas Handlin was CEO.
Till the time of his dismissal, Handlin was Sony Music’s longest-serving worker, having spent 50 years on the label.