Another lawsuit alleging sexual harassment has been filed against Activision Blizzard. The law firm of entertainment attorney Lisa Bloom filed the lawsuit on behalf of a plaintiff identified as “Jane Doe” against Activision Blizzard. Jane Doe claims to have faced sexual harassment and discrimination while working at the company. The lawsuit names Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, three former Blizzard employees, two current employees and “Does 1 through 25” as defendants.
Content Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual harassment.
Many of the allegations in the lawsuit relate to Mark Skorupa, a former Blizzard employee who is one of the named defendants and a current Microsoft employee. Doe was hired as a senior administrative assistant to support Skorupa and another Blizzard employee in the IT department, and according to the lawsuit, Skorupa made sexual comments and advances towards Doe, including putting his hand on Doe’s lap during a lunch on their first day and gave her long, unwelcome hugs.
Doe’s lawsuit seeks to show a repeated pattern of complaint dismissals by managers and human resources. It also alleges that the company retaliated against her for going to Human Resources with complaints of sexual harassment, and that Human Resources “rejected Ms. Doe’s sexual misconduct complaints, saying it was purely her conduct.” who was nice and tried to be friends with her. Human Resources has asked Ms. Doe to keep any issues, concerns, notes or emails to herself as they could be very damaging to Activision Blizzard.”
The lawsuit alleges that Skorupa made a series of hurtful comments to Doe, that the company demoted Doe and prevented her from getting other positions at the company for which she applied. In one example, she applied for a job, but the lawsuit says the company hired a “less qualified receptionist” who was fired shortly thereafter “because she wasn’t qualified for the job.”
Doe finally wrote to former Blizzard President J. Allen Brack about the harassment and retaliation, and soon after she was offered a new job, albeit one with “a significant drop in wages.” In this position, “Ms. Doe’s manager often doomed them.”
The lawsuit says Doe spoke about her experience at a press conference on Dec. 8, suggesting Doe may be the woman who identified as “Christine” at a conference organized by Bloom on the same day.
There are more allegations in the lawsuit itself that you can read here or at the end of this article.
Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Activision Blizzard has come under intense scrutiny for its workplace culture since the state of California filed its sexual harassment lawsuit against the company in July. That lawsuit anonymously referred to an employee who committed suicide during a company retreat, and her parents have since done so filed its own lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The family allege that sexual harassment was a “significant factor” leading to her death. accordingly The Washington Post.
Microsoft plans to acquire Activision in a deal worth nearly $70 billiondeclined to comment.
Updated March 24th at 9:03pm ET: Microsoft declined to comment.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/24/22995291/activision-blizzard-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-lisa-boom-jane-doe Activision Blizzard has hit another sexual harassment lawsuit