Activision Blizzard sued after California issues report about work conditions
Activision-Blizzard has been sued by the California Department of Fair Employment of Housing over a spectacular range of misconduct.
The company is accused of having a “pervasive frat boy workplace culture,” following a two-year investigation, which incovered incidents like:
- DFEH links an employee suicide to the studio’s culture
- The Former CTO groped “inebriated female employees”
- Women of color are “particularly vulnerable targets”
- Male staff reportedly play games during work hours and delegate workloads to junior counterparts
- Senior staff has allowed the bad culture to flourish and also participated in it
- Parties “unable to resolve” differences to avoid court
Boys' club: There's allegedly also a ‘permissive atmosphere around sexual banter’ aimed at employees, women are overlooked for promotion due to pregnancy and are in general paid less than men.
Distortion: Activision-Blizzard has issued a statement denying the allegations and criticizing the DFEH. They claim the report includes “distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past.” The case has been filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court.