New Activision Blizzard Lawsuit: “Alcohol-Soaked Culture Of Sexual Harassment”

Oh, dear. Activision Blizzard, what the hell is wrong with this company? Yet another lawsuit is heading towards the embattled video game publishers/developer. Last time it was a wrongful death lawsuit; now it’s another sexual harassment claim.
Bloomberg Law is reporting that this latest filing in the Los Angeles County Superior Court looks to address what the plaintiff’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, unapologetically Activision’s “alcohol-soaked culture of sexual harassment.”
While a single employee filed this specific lawsuit, this could lead to a dam bursting moment. Allegedly, the claims of discrimination and sexual harassment rounded out at 700. Judging by the information readily available, the bias appears to be mainly surrounding how the female employees have been treated and not a racial issue … yet.
The “cause of action” listed in the lawsuit paints a rather grim picture of life as a female employee of Activision Blizzard, which the plaintiff ‘Jane Doe’ was. She was part of the company’s IT department from 2017:

Hostile work environment; quid pro quo; failure to prevent harassment; sexual favoritism; retaliation; sexual battery; intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to Doe’s claims, she was pressured into consuming alcohol and being physically assaulted both in and outside of the office by Activision leadership. Her attempts to call out these issues led to retaliation and sabotaged career advancements. Her complaints eventually allowed her to leave the IT department, but that escape was to a position down the ladder in the company both in status and pay.
Jane Doe’s demands include the termination of the current CEO Bobby Kotick and something that may have already been put into action thanks to a previous lawsuit: an investigation into Activision Blizzard by an independent entity.
Activision Blizzard is in for a world of hurt, but will it make a difference now that Microsoft is absorbing the company? Could the software giant retain the programing talent while purging everything else? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
[Source: Bloomberg Law]

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