California sues Activision Blizzard over “fraternity boy” culture • .net

California has sued Activision Blizzard for claiming to be a “fraternity boy” culture that created “a hotbed of harassment and discrimination against women.”

The proceedings filed by the State Fair Employment and Housing Authority (DFEH) on Tuesday included a number of disturbing allegations, primarily “continuous sexual harassment” at World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch maker Blizzard Entertainment. Insists on the culture of (via Bloomberg).

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According to the proceedings“Working for a defendant is almost universally similar to working in a Fraternity House, where male employees drink alcohol and always expose female employees to sexual harassment without impact,” said a female employee. Confirmed. “

The proceedings mention a male employee “proudly having a hangover” and “cube crawl.”

“Similarly, male employees will play video games at work, make jokes about sexual encounters, openly talk about female bodies, and make many jokes about rape,” the proceedings continued.

“As a product of this’fraternity boy’culture, women have received many sexual comments and progress, groping and unwanted physical contact, and other forms of harassment.

“A female employee said a random male employee would approach her at the defendant’s workplace and comment on her breasts. A female employee working on the World of Warcraft team was hit by a male employee and a supervisor. He said he would make derogatory comments about rape. This behavior is known to his boss, who openly tells his men to “buy” a prostitute to cure his bad mood. It was actually encouraged by them, such as encouraging. “

One of the most disturbing allegations in the proceedings alleges that a female employee committed suicide “due to a sexual relationship with her male boss” while on a business trip.

California lawyers said the complaints about illegal harassment, discrimination and retaliation were made against talent and executives, including Blizzard boss J. Allen Black. We were unable to take effective corrective action in response to the complaint. ” ..

Blizzard boss, J. Allen Black. Image Credit Activision Blizzard.

“Employees were even more discouraged from complaining because the personnel were known to be close to the harassers,” the proceedings continued.

The unnamed former Blizzard CTO was “observed by an employee groping for a drunken female employee at a company event,” the proceedings alleged. Alex Afrasiabi, a former senior creative director of World of Warcraft, “has been allowed to engage in explicit sexual harassment with little or no impact.”

During BlizzCon, Afrasiabi was alleged to have “beaten a female employee, said she wanted to get married, tried to kiss her, and turned her arm around.”

“This was a clear view that other male employees, including their boss, had to intervene and separate him from the female employee.”

Activision Blizzard The Verge It was a hit primarily in the DFEH survey. The company called the proceeding “irresponsible action by irresponsible state bureaucrats driving many of the state’s best businesses out of California.”

The statement is fully published here:

“We respect diversity and strive to foster a workplace that provides inclusiveness to all. We commit sexual misconduct and all sorts of harassment to our company, industry, or industry. There is no place. We take all allegations seriously and investigate all allegations. In cases related to illicit activity, measures were taken to address the issue.

Alex Afrasiabi, a former senior creative director of World of Warcraft.

“DFEH contains a distorted, often false explanation of Blizzard’s past. We have worked closely with DFEH throughout the study, including providing extensive data and sufficient documentation, but they They refused to notify us of any issues they recognized, and they were required by law to properly investigate and discuss in good faith in order to better understand and resolve their claims and concerns before proceeding with the lawsuit. But they didn’t. Instead, like us, they hurriedly filed inaccurate complaints, demonstrating in court.

“We were fed up with DFEH’s accused behavior and dragged into complaints the tragic suicide of an employee who died without worrying about his sad family, unrelated to the incident. Unfortunately, that’s an example of how they behaved throughout the course of the investigation. It’s this kind of irresponsible from irresponsible state bureaucrats that is driving many of the state’s best businesses out of California. It’s an action.

“DFEH’s paintings aren’t Blizzard’s workplace today. Over the past few years, they have continued since the first survey began, and have been significant to address corporate culture and reflect diversity within the leadership team. We’ve made changes. Employees dedicated to investigating internal programs and channels for employees to report violations, including an ASK list with a sensitive completeness hotline, and investigating employee concerns. Introduced related teams. We have strengthened our commitment to diversity, fairness and inclusiveness and integrated our employee network. We provide additional support at the global level. Employees also need and have received regular harassment prevention training for many years.

“We have put a lot of effort into creating fair and rewarding compensation packages and policies that reflect our culture and business, and are fair to all employees for equal or virtually similar work. We strive to pay. Non-discriminatory factors. For example, we provide compensation and compensation based on employee performance and conduct extensive non-discrimination training involving employees who are part of the compensation process.

“We are confident in our ability to support our employees and demonstrate our practices as equal opportunity employers in fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces, and we promise to continue this effort in the future. DFEH didn’t want to get involved with us about what they thought they saw in the survey. “

Within hours of the proceedings being published, several former Blizzard employees used social media to substantiate, experience, or witness sexual harassment cases.

The California proceedings require a jury trial.

The allegations surrounding Activision Blizzard follow major sexual harassment and discrimination proceedings against League of Legends maker Riot Games.this Initially secured a $ 10 million settlementThe state of California later said that the women involved could get as much as $ 400 million in rights.

Assassin’s Creed Maker Ubisoft is also involved in toxic work culture and sexual harassment allegationsThis has led to the retirement of many prominent executives. Ubisoft is currently facing new legal action regarding alleged sexual harassment in France after the French trade union. Solidaires Informatiques And two former Ubisoft staff sued game developers for enabling a culture of “institutional sexual harassment.”


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