Activision Blizzard sued by California over widespread sexism, harassment
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is suing Activision Blizzard over what court documents refer to as a “frat boy” workplace culture that subjects its female employees to gender-based discrimination and “constant sexual harassment.” Bloomberg Law first reported the news. Several former Activision Blizzard employees have spoken out on social media to corroborate these stories.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a Los Angeles court, alleging that Activision Blizzard — and its subsidiaries, including Blizzard Entertainment — allows widespread sexism and discrimination across the company. Several top executives, including Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, are named in the lawsuit for knowing about and enabling this behavior. DFEH said it conducted a two-year investigation into Activision Blizzard before filing the lawsuit.
Allegations documented in the lawsuit are widespread: The investigation found that women account for only 20% of its employees, noting that “very few women ever reach top roles at the company.” Those that do, the DFEH said, earn less money than their male colleagues — something that allegedly trickles down through all positions at the company. In …
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