A new lawsuit has been filed against Activision Blizzard by a current employee alleging discrimination and sexual harassment at the company.
The employee also states in the lawsuit that he also received retaliation for speaking out.
According to the lawsuit, as reported by Bloomberg Law, the employee identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe began working as a senior administrative assistant in the company’s IT department in 2017.
Her first experience of inappropriate behavior came on her first day at a so-called “initiation dinner,” where Doe felt pressured to take tequila shots and share “an embarrassing secret” with everyone.
On several occasions she felt pressured to drink alcohol, participate in so-called “cube crawls” riddled with sexual commentary and female groping. There was also a “game” called “Jackbox” in which individuals had to come up with “creative answers” to questions that were mostly sexual in nature.
The lawsuit alleges that Doe began dressing conservatively to quell allegations of sexual harassment and that she began distancing herself from off-site dinners. The lawsuit also covers cases of excessive drinking and sexual advances by her bosses.
When Doe voiced her concerns, she was told to remain silent as it could be “damaging” to the company. After that, she faced a hostile work environment due to her grievances.
To get out of the IT department, Doe applied to various other positions within the company but was turned down. She was eventually reassigned to another role that paid less after taking her grievances to Blizzard’s then-President Allen J. Brack.
Doe’s suit is just the latest in a series of Activision Blizzard news following reports that the company was promoting a toxic work culture. The allegations first came to light following a lawsuit filed by the State of California alleging workplace bullying, harassment and sexism.
Activision Blizzard has since cleaned up and put in place plans to ensure it continues to evolve its talent and recruitment system to be more representative. It has formed a new Workplace Responsibility Committee aimed at “measuring progress and ensuring accountability”. For many current and former employees, the company’s moves come too little, too late, or don’t go far enough to address employee concerns. Many are still calling for CEO Bobby Kotick to resign, and some have even joined a union.
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