The state of California has filed a lawsuit against game company Activision Blizzard over allegations of sexual assault, bullying and the “frat boy” culture.
Following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has sued the gaming company after the allegations came to light, according to a media report. Bloomberg’s Law.
According to the lawsuit, the victims are the female employees of the gaming company, who make up 20 percent of the workforce. They are said to be victims of discrimination in the areas of sexual harassment, unequal pay, retaliation and bullying.
The investigation was launched in response to a certain report of a female employee who took her own life as a result of sexual harassment. This happened after a trip with her male companion. Before this happened, there were inappropriate images of her being shared publicly while on vacation at the game studio.
The investigation also found that Activision Blizzard’s male employees drank alcohol at work “while delegating their responsibilities to female employees.” Yes, they just got drunk while giving away important tasks to do to their female colleagues.
Some men even joked about rape, talked about their sexual encounters and discussed female bodies.
The investigation found that the company’s leaders have failed many times to take steps to prevent such discrimination. What’s happening now is that the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing wants a court order that would enforce compliance with terms of employment, unpaid wages, wage adjustments, arrears and lost wages and benefits for female workers.
Activision Blizzard recently issued a statement of its own, acknowledging the investigation but denying the allegations.
We value diversity and strive for a workplace that offers inclusiveness for all. There is no place in our company or industry, or any industry, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind.
We take every allegation seriously and investigate all claims. In cases involving misconduct, action has been taken to address the issue.
The DFEH contains distorted and in many cases false descriptions of Blizzard’s past. We cooperated very well with the DFEH during their investigation, including providing extensive data and sufficient documentation, but they refused to inform us of what problems they saw.
The picture that the DFEH paints is not the Blizzard workplace of today.
No word yet on what will happen next after the state of California files the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard.
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