An extensive investigation is said to have revealed horrific conditions at Activision Blizzard. Top executives of the gaming giant are said to be involved, and now authorities are suing the company on behalf of the former female employees.
Game producer Activision Blizzard has been sued over issues such as sexual harassment and gender discrimination and for creating a “boys club”-like culture that is said to have severely affected female employees, he writes The New York Times.
The lawsuit follows a two-year investigation into the California Department of Employment and Fair Housing, which has now sued the company.
The Ministry aims to protect the population from discrimination in working life and in private and public places of residence.
It is said that authorities tried to work with Activision Blizzard to address the problems, but the company was unable to comply with the ministry’s demands.
Suicide during a business trip
The company’s workplace is described as a “center of harassment and discrimination against women”, The Ministry writes.
The lawsuit states that “employees are subjected to ongoing sexual harassment and have been forced to deal with unwanted sexual harassment and comments from male colleagues and managers,” which also claims that women receive lower pay conditions than men in the same job.
In addition, the male employees of the company should be organizing parties on a regular basis, which should lead to excessive behavior directed against female employees.
In one case, an employee allegedly committed suicide while on a business trip with a male manager. The woman is said to have been subjected to severe sexual harassment over a long period of time. He writes, among other things, that the nude photos of the person in question got lost during the company party Bloomberg Law.
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The department is now seeking a ruling in which the company is forced to follow state rules of conduct in the workplace, in addition to complying with demands for severance payments, compensation for lost income, and other benefits, it said.
The lawsuit also stated that male employees in the company’s management in the state must have played video games during working hours, in addition to having delegated their responsibilities and work tasks to their female colleagues. It also states that the company’s senior executives should not only be aware of the problems, but also engage in “extremely improper behaviour”.
The company responds
We value diversity and work to create a workplace that is seen as inclusive. These conditions have no place in our company or industry, says an Activision Blizzard spokesperson IGN.
The spokesman indicated that the company takes the accusations very seriously, and that it will investigate all aspects of the lawsuit.
Furthermore, the company is confident in its ability to prove that it is an “equal opportunity employer for all”.
Activision Blizzard is an international game maker behind many well-known games, including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and World of Warcraft. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and has approximately 9,500 employees.
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