A lawsuit claiming Santa Monica, Calif. recreation producer Activision Blizzard, the makers of Name of Obligation, created a office atmosphere the place sexual harassment and discrimination flourished has been filed after a two-year investigation.
The California Division of Honest Employment and Housing stated in its lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court docket, that Activision allowed a “‘frat boy’ office tradition.” The accusations claimed executives sexually harassed ladies and male staff brazenly joked about rape and drank alcohol whereas partaking in “inappropriate habits” towards ladies, it was additional alleged.
Ladies have been paid lower than males and have been much less more likely to be promoted, the lawsuit additionally stated.
Activision Blizzard’s office “is a breeding floor for harassment and discrimination towards ladies,” the company wrote. “Feminine staff are subjected to fixed sexual harassment, together with having to repeatedly fend off undesirable sexual feedback and advances by their male co-workers and supervisors and being groped on the ‘dice crawls’ and different firm occasions.”
In a single notably stunning case talked about within the lawsuit, a feminine worker died by suicide throughout a enterprise journey. Earlier than her loss of life, male colleagues allegedly shared specific images of the girl, the lawsuit stated.
The lawsuit claimed firm executives and its human assets division failed to handle misconduct when knowledgeable of it.
Activision Blizzard issued a press release rebutting the claims, saying the “image D.F.E.H. paints isn’t the Blizzard office of as we speak.”
“There is no such thing as a place in our firm or business, or any business, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any sort,” Activision wrote in a press release. “In circumstances associated to misconduct, motion was taken to handle the difficulty.” The corporate claimed California didn’t focus on the accusations earlier than submitting swimsuit.
“It’s one of these irresponsible habits from unaccountable state bureaucrats which might be driving lots of the state’s greatest companies out of California,” Activision wrote.