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An email hacked from Sony Pictures provides the details behind an alleged harassment of a black female employee who was fired from the company. Read more on the story below!

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The black female employee was fired by Sony Pictures in 2011. In the hacked email, the female says that she was mistreated by employees and Sony Pictures top exec Keith Le Goy. She claims that she was passed over for promotions, racism and subjected to bullying as well as called “misogynistic” names. The female, whose name has not be released, sent the email to the executives in October 2011, a day after she was fired from the company. She was fired three days after she had returned from a two-month workers’ compensation leave. She said that Human Resources told her she was getting fired because she complained about how she was treated and because she asked Sony Pictures to provide its policies regarding equal opportunity for workers in writing.

The black female employee worked for the company for seven years. She was an administrative assistant to Le Goy when he was the president of Sony international distribution. She claims that Le Goy created an atmosphere of “disparate and unfair treatment” because he promoted white colleagues who were less-qualified over African-Americans that had more experience.

In the email the fired employee stated, “Before I joined International Distribution at Sony, my childhood passion for TV had been honed by working for a tough partner at William Morris, an SVP at Lion’s Gate and assisting an executive in legal at Sony.” She goes on to say, “Despite my experience, bilingual ability and 4 year degree, Monica Howe, a Caucasian female — who has less seniority than I, no 4 year degree, far less entertainment experience, by her own admission worked less for her 2 SVPs than I did for my busy EVP, and had less of a an overall contribution to the office — was promoted to ‘Analyst’ in our department within 18 months, leapfrogging over me…So the situation is a Caucasian person promoted twice above the more experienced, more senior African-American person and the African-American has yet to get the title for the job that she actually does.” She also says there was “harassment, retaliation, bullying women, name-calling, offensive language, threats, blocking my advancement and transfers, withholding information to paint a negative opinion, maligning, unsolicited hugs and invitations, resulting in sexual harassment and drinking during work hours in the office.”