Sumary of California sues Activision Blizzard over alleged sexual harassment and ‘frat boy’ culture:
- The state agency conducted a two-year investigation of the Santa Monica-based business, which has about 9,500 employees, and found that the company consistently discriminated against women, who make up about 20 percent of its workforce, the agency said.
- “Female employees receive lower starting pay and also earn less than male employees for substantially similar work,” the state alleges in the complaint, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
- ” The lawsuit also describes a “frat boy” culture in which male employees engage in “cube crawls” in the office, where they drink “copious amounts of alcohol” and then crawl their way through team members’ cubicles and “often engage in inappropriate behavior toward female employees,” including groping them.
- Other female employees said they were criticized for leaving work to pick up children from day care and kicked out of lactation rooms to accommodate business meetings.
- “All employers should ensure that their employees are being paid equally and take all steps to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation,” Kevin said.