California sues Activision Blizzard for sexual harassment and discrimination against women
Check the link for the whole article and AB's "response" to the lawsuit.The lawsuit describes a "frat boy" culture where male employees behave inappropriately.
Activision Blizzard has been sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing because of its reported failure to handle sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees.
The DFEH held an investigation into the company that lasted over two years and has concluded that it “found evidence that [Activision Blizzard] discriminated against female employees in terms and conditions of employment, including compensation, assignment, promotion, termination, constructive discharge and retaliation.”
Just a few of the more extreme examples:
- ‘cube crawls’ in which “male employees drink copious amounts of alcohol as they ‘crawl’ their way through various cubicles in the office and often engage inappropriate behaviour toward female employees
- male employees proudly come into work hungover, play video games for long periods of time during work while delegating their responsibilities to female employees, engage in banter about their sexual encounters, talk openly about female bodies, and joke about rape
- a female employee committed suicide during a business trip with a male supervisor who had brought butt plugs and lubricant with him on the trip. The suit alleges that at a holiday party before her death, male co-workers were passing around nude photos of her.
- a female employee working on a game team who had taken on some of the roles of a manager: when she asked to be fairly paid for the extra work she was doing, she was told the company “could not risk promoting her as she might get pregnant and like being a mom too much