Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Activision Blizzard sued for culture of harassment and discrimination

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Content warning: Please note that the following articles and the sources of links in them deal with topics such as discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, and suicide.

A lawsuit has been filed against Activision Blizzard, the owners of Diablo and MMORPG World of Warcraft The manufacturer Blizzard Entertainment accused of various ongoing discrimination and misconduct in the workplace, and Santa Monica has a “fraternity boy.”

According to reports BloombergThe complaint was filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, a “national agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting civil rights actions,” and claimed that Blizzard Entertainment’s systemic and “ubiquitous Brotherhood Boys workplace culture continues to thrive. develop”.

These allegations are wide ranging and include “blatant sexual harassment” of female employees, “including having to constantly resist unwelcome sexual comments and sexual harassment by male colleagues and supervisors, and being groped.”

according to 29-page document, “Executives and creators blatantly engage in no-consequence sexual harassment” and “women suffer from “cube crawling”, in which male employees drink a lot of alcohol while “crawling” through various cubicles in the office and often engage in inappropriate Behavior. Behavior toward female employees.”

The document contains further disturbing allegations involving gender and racial discrimination, derogatory comments, derogatory behavior, and suicide. It claimed that although the complaints were filed within the company-including to Blizzard President J. Allen Brack himself-“the defendant failed to take effective remedies for these complaints.”

Activision Blizzard releases a statement edge Respond to the allegations and dispute the claim.

The video game giant is not the only company with harassment problems in the workplace.Allegations of misconduct surrounding Ubisoft’s leadership and work culture led CEO Yves Guillemot to issue a video statement of apology last year, and a recent complaint filed in France again accused the co-founders and the company “Institutional Harassment”.

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