A new Activision Blizzard sexual misconduct lawsuit calls for Bobby Kotick to be terminated

Activision Blizzard is facing another lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. AN Bloomberg The report says the lawsuit, filed on behalf of a current employee, alleges that “Activision Blizzard’s open frat boy environment fostered rampant sexism, harassment and discrimination”, resulting in 700 reported incidents of misconduct during the tenure of the CEO Bobby Kotick.

The lawsuit claims that on the employee’s first day at the company, in 2017, she was taken to an “initiation lunch” where she was pressured into having tequila shots and sharing an “embarrassing secret” with everyone present. She was also frequently pressured to drink alcohol and participate in “cube crawls” in which women were subjected to sexual comments and groping, and to participate in an after-hours game in which players had to provide “creative answers” to questions primarily sexual. questions.

Because of the treatment, the plaintiff began to dress “more conservatively” and avoid external events. When she complained, she was told that it was “just her leadership being nice and trying to be her friend”, and that she should avoid talking to avoid hurting the company. Her workplace became increasingly hostile, prompting her to apply for other positions at the company, but she was not offered a different role – with lower pay and lower status – until she complained in writing to the former president of the company. Blizzard J. Allen Brack, who left the studio in August 2021. In November 2021, she applied for an open executive assistant position, but after speaking publicly about her experiences the following month, her application was rejected.

The lawsuit names Activision Blizzard and Blizzard as defendants, as well as a handful of individuals, including Senior Vice President Derek Ingalls and former Blizzard Chief Technology Officer Ben Kilgore, both named in previous reports about misconduct at Blizzard.

The allegations are, unfortunately, all too familiar: a litany of misconduct, silence, and protection for abusers. During a staff meeting in 2018, for example, a photo was taken of all the men present turning off the camera in response to Kilgore’s termination as a result of sexual assault allegations against him. Ingalls emailed a copy of the photo to company leadership as well as the defendant, which she said signaled “that leadership thought defendant Kilgore’s departure for sexual misconduct was a joke.”

The lawsuit is being filed by attorney Lisa Bloom, the attorney who demanded an Activision Blizzard victims’ compensation fund “over $100 million” in a December 2021 press conference held in front of Blizzard’s headquarters. He seeks financial damages, including medical expenses, lost earnings, and “earning capacity impairment,” as well as widespread changes to Activision Blizzard’s human resources department and policies, a contactless order for Skorupa, and an order requiring the company to end the Kotick contract. job as CEO with a cause.

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