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California sues Activision Blizzard over “fraternity boy” culture

Allegations against Activision Blizzard are very serious (Photo: Blizzard Entertainment)

Activision Blizzard One employee committed suicide due to sexual harassment and unequal wages.

The makers of Call Of Duty and World Of Warcraft not only have Activision Blizzard fostered a “flat boy” workplace culture, but also women and other discriminatory practices.

The proceedings were filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DEFH), not individuals, and a two-year study found that Activision Blizzard discriminates against women in terms of salary, allocation, and promotion.

The proceedings describe the practice of “cube crawls,” in which male employees “drink large amounts of alcohol” while joking about sexual harassment and rape to female employees.

Women make up only 20% of Activision’s work, and are said to be regularly exposed to groping and unwanted physical contact, as well as sexual comments and other harassment. Colored women are described as being particularly awkward and subject to fine-grained control and additional scrutiny on other issues such as taking time off from work.

Male employees are said to delegate more sneaky work to female employees while at the same time ensuring that they are prevented from being promoted – apparently about concerns about their pregnancy. The woman was also allegedly criticized for picking up her child from the nursery and being thrown out of the nursing room for use in meetings.

The proceedings also explain how a female Activision employee lost her life when she was severely sexually harassed during a company trip with her male boss, such as giving her a nude photo at a company event. doing.

Alex Afrasiabi, a former senior creative director at World Of Warcraft, is described as having repeated sexual harassment with little or no impact.This included having to pull a female employee away at Blizzcon, where his suite was called “Crosby”. [sic] Suite’.

According to a report from the Bloomberg Act, Activision denied the allegations, arguing that: ‘We take all allegations seriously and investigate all allegations. In cases related to illegal activity, measures were taken to address the issue.

‘DFEH contains a distorted, often false description of Blizzard’s past. We have worked closely with DFEH throughout the investigation, providing extensive data and sufficient documentation, but DFEH refused to inform us of any issues we recognized.

“The paintings that DFEH draws are not the workplace of Blizzard today,” Activision Blizzard claims.

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State of California sues Activision Blizzard over ‘frat boy’ workplace culture

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