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Activision Blizzard awaits another sexual harassment lawsuit

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Activision has received another lawsuit over harassment at the company. Such as Bloomberg’s Law and Game developer report, an anonymous woman who still works at Activision Blizzard has sued the game developer in a Los Angeles court for alleged sexual harassment and discrimination. The company also retaliated against her, according to the complaint, when she shared her experiences at a press conference in December 2021.

As with previous lawsuits, the woman accused Activision Blizzard of allowing routine misconduct. The senior IT administrative assistant was reportedly pressured to participate in ‘cube crawls’ that involved harassing and groping women and told to tolerate unwanted sexual advances and excessive drinking. She was also asked to keep her complaints private, according to the indictment, and would supposedly face an increasingly hostile workplace the more out-spoken.

The prosecutor said she was applying elsewhere in the company to prevent sexism in IT, and wrote to President Allen Brack (who resigned in August 2021 as the scandal grew) about the issues. She was offered an offer and took a lower-paying role elsewhere in the company, but noted that her application for an executive assistant job was rejected in December of that year, shortly after she applied in November.

In the lawsuit, the woman is demanding compensation, including lost income and medical costs. She is also calling for functional reforms, including the impeachment of CEO Bobby Kotick, a rotating staff team (to avoid conflicts of interest), and the use of a neutral company to investigate incidents.

We’ve asked Activision Blizzard for comment. The company has taken several steps to address complaints of harassment and discrimination, including removing employees, taking disciplinary action and forming a committee to implement anti-harassment initiatives. It has also settled a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has increased its cooperation with investigations. However, it still faces a growing number of legal challenges, including more lawsuits and an SEC investigation — the debacle is far from over.

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