Sumary of California Sues Gaming Giant Activision Blizzard Over Unequal Pay, Sexual Harassment:
- A lawsuit filed by the state of California on Wednesday alleges sexual harassment, gender discrimination and violations of the state’s equal pay law at the video game giant Activision Blizzard.
- Rich Polk/Getty Images for Activision hide caption toggle caption Rich Polk/Getty Images for Activision A lawsuit filed by the state of California on Wednesday alleges sexual harassment, gender discrimination and violations of the state’s equal pay law at the video game giant Activision Blizzard.
- Rich Polk/Getty Images for Activision The video game studio behind the hit franchises Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush is facing a civil lawsuit in California over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and potential violations of the state’s equal pay law.
- A complaint, filed by the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Wednesday, alleges that Activision Blizzard Inc. “fostered a sexist culture” where women were paid less than men and subjected to ongoing sexual harassment including groping.
- (Activision and Blizzard Entertainment merged in 2008.) Officials at the gaming company knew about the harassment and not only failed to stop it but retaliated against women who spoke up, the complaint also alleges.
- Years after the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate targeted women in the video game world, the California lawsuit depicts an industry that can still be unwelcoming and even hostile to female employees.
- “All employers should ensure that their employees are being paid equally and take all steps to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation,” said DFEH Director Kevin Kish.
- ” In a statement provided to NPR, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson said the company had worked to improve its company culture in recent years and accused the DFEH of not adequately trying to resolve the claims against it before resorting to a lawsuit.