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 mentioned 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 overtly joked about rape and drank alcohol whereas participating in “inappropriate habits” towards ladies, it was additional alleged.
Ladies had been paid lower than males and had been much less more likely to be promoted, the lawsuit additionally mentioned.
Activision Blizzard’s office “is a breeding floor for harassment and discrimination in opposition to 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 demise, male colleagues allegedly shared specific images of the girl, the lawsuit mentioned.
The lawsuit claimed firm executives and its human sources division failed to deal with misconduct when knowledgeable of it.
Activision Blizzard issued a press release rebutting the claims, saying the “image D.F.E.H. paints just isn’t the Blizzard office of at this time.”
“There isn’t a place in our firm or trade, or any trade, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any variety,” Activision wrote in a press release. “In instances associated to misconduct, motion was taken to deal with the problem.” The corporate claimed California didn’t talk about the accusations earlier than submitting go well with.
“It’s this sort of irresponsible habits from unaccountable state bureaucrats which are driving lots of the state’s finest companies out of California,” Activision wrote.