A new lawsuit has been filed against Activision Blizzard. This time it’s about the “student-like work atmosphere” and “common sexism,” which caused an employee to experience sexual harassment and discrimination. The employee would have been opposed to raising these problems.
According to Bloomberg is the lawsuit filed by Lisa Bloom in the Los Angeles County Supreme Court. Bloom is the attorney for Jane Doe, an employee at Activision Blizzard.
The indictment states that “Activision Blizzard’s student-like environment caused sexism, harassment and discrimination. More than 700 incidents have been reported under Robert Kotick’s rule.”
She joined Activision Blizzard in 2017 as a senior administrative assistant in the IT department. The problems started on her first day. She had to participate in a “hazing lunch.” During that lunch, she was pressured to drink tequila and tell “an embarrassing secret” to all the employees.
During her work, Doe was repeatedly pressured to drink alcohol and participate in “cube crawls.” During these cube crawls, women were addressed and grabbed in a sexual tone. She also had to participate in “Jackbox.” In this game, players have to give creative answers to questions that were often very sexual.
When she started to dress more “conservatively” so that she wasn’t harassed so much and spoke out about the problems she encountered. She was told that “the supervisor just wanted to be nice to her.” The indictment also says she had to keep these issues to herself, because they are bad for “the company’s image.”
A hostile work environment developed after Doe voiced her concerns and she found it difficult to switch departments. When she filed a complaint with J. Allen Brack, the longtime president of Blizzard, her wish was granted. She did receive a lower salary and a less important status.
The indictment demands Activision Blizzard take a “rotating human resources department to avoid conflicts of interest with management, keep a neutral research firm and fire CEO Bobby Kotick, among other demands.” lost income to be paid, punitive damages and a restraining order.”
this is again a new chapter in the chaos surrounding Activison Blizzard. After the company was sued by the state of California, because of “a student-like work atmosphere” and sexual harassment.