California authorities sue Activision Blizzard over gender inequality

California authorities sue Activision Blizzard over gender inequality

The California Department of Fair Housing and Housing (DFEH) is suing Activision Blizzard. The reason for the lawsuit was gender inequality in the company.

The charge states that the state agency spent two years investigating allegations of discrimination against women. As a result, officials came to the conclusion that Blizzard infringes on employees – they are less likely to be promoted, paid less compensation and more often fired. In addition, women in the company are sexually harassed.

The lawsuit also contains specific charges. For example, female employees claim that men can “play video games all day long” or “drink alcohol and wander from office to office,” while women “do all the work for them.” In addition, men “often joke about sex and rape.”

Also in the accusation is the story of an Activision Blizzard employee who committed suicide. The lawsuit alleges that the reason for this was “intense sexual harassment” by management. Allegedly, during one of the company’s parties, nude photographs of this girl were distributed among the workers.

Activision Blizzard commented on the accusation:

The DFEH circulates distorted and in many cases false descriptions of Blizzard’s past. We worked closely with DFEH throughout the investigation, including providing them with extensive data and extensive documentation, but they declined to tell us what issues they noticed.

The picture DFEH is painting is not Blizzard’s workplace today.

Women make up about 20% of all Activision Blizzard employees.

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