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Activision Blizzard hits with new harassment and discrimination lawsuit

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Activision Blizzard has been hit by a new lawsuit alleging the company’s “brotherhood” environment allowed 700 reported incidents of sexual harassment and discrimination.

The lawsuit was filed by attorney Lisa Bloom in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of a current employee identified as “Jane Doe.”

Doe joined the company in 2017 as a senior administrative assistant in the IT department and says she was often pressured into drinking alcohol. She adds that female employees have also been groped by male colleagues.

When she raised concerns with her superiors, Doe claims they were explained away and things weren’t taken any further because she feared it could damage the company’s reputation.

Doe says she repeatedly tried to find a new job in another part of the company, but was eventually offered a lower-paying position after taking her grievances to former Blizzard President J. Allen Brack, who recently founded the company year had left.

The lawsuit will see a series of court orders, including the dismissal of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick:

Activision has ignored its many victims of sexual harassment as its CEO has made hundreds of millions. He should be fired with cause, as we are requesting in the lawsuit.

The company was beset by similar legal woes back in 2021, when it was sued for promoting a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. Since then, all Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft executives have voiced their concerns about how the call of Duty publisher is running.

Microsoft is perhaps going the furthest to change the way the company works; It’s buying Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal, with Kotick expected to leave the company once the deal closes.

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/03/activision-blizzard-hit-with-new-harassment-and-discrimination-lawsuit Activision Blizzard hits with new harassment and discrimination lawsuit

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