Former exec sues Spotify over boys-only events and pay

A former sales executive is suing Spotify for gender discrimination and equal pay violations, saying executives organized "boys' trips" that excluded women and that the company paid men more for the same work.

Lawsuit says company leadership held 'boys' trips,' paid men more for the same work

This March 20 file photo shows the Spotify app on an iPad in Baltimore. A former sales executive is suing Spotify for gender discrimination and equal pay violations, saying company leadership organized 'boys' trips' that excluded women, and paid men more for the same work. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

A former sales executive is suing Spotify for gender discrimination and equal pay violations, saying executives organized "boys' trips" that excluded women and that the company paid men more for the same work.

The executive, Hong Perez, sued the music streaming company and its head of U.S. sales, Brian Berner, in New York State Court on Tuesday. But her lawsuit states Berner was not the only executive who was dismissive of women, and cites men-only strip club visits as an example.

Spotify Inc. says in a prepared statement that it does not tolerate harassment or discrimination, but it would not comment on pending litigation.

Perez claims that after Berner was reprimanded by Spotify for accepting free concert tickets, he blamed her and she was then fired for violating company policy.