A brand new lawsuit accuses videogame big Activision Blizzard Inc. of fostering a “frat boy” office tradition, together with claims of years-long harassment and sexual bias.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Santa Monica-based Activision
— which publishes such common video games as “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft” — is accused of paying and selling feminine staff lower than their male friends, with feminine staff topic to “constant sexual harassment,” together with undesirable sexual feedback, advances and groping.
“In the office, women are subjected to ‘cube crawls’ in which male employees drink copious [amounts] of alcohol as they ‘crawl’ their way through various cubicles in the office and often engage in inappropriate behavior toward female employees. Male employees proudly come into work hungover, play videogames for long periods of time during work while delegating their responsibilities to female employees, engage in banter about their sexual encounters, talk openly about female bodies and joke about rape,” the lawsuit says. The DFEH stated it’s looking for “long overdue” compliance with California’s civil-rights and equal-pay legal guidelines.
Female staff are handed over for promotions over fears that they might at some point get pregnant and must go on depart, are criticized for selecting up their kids for daycare, and have been kicked out of the corporate’s lactation room by male co-workers who wished to make use of the room for conferences, in response to the lawsuit, which was first reported by Bloomberg.
The swimsuit claims high executives have interaction in blatant harassment with out repercussions, and cites the case of a feminine worker who killed herself throughout a enterprise journey with a male supervisor, after being topic to “intense sexual harassment” earlier than her demise, together with having nude photographs of her handed round at an workplace vacation celebration.
Employees have been discouraged from complaining to the corporate’s human assets division, the lawsuit alleges, as personnel there have been recognized “to be close to alleged harassers.”
The lawsuit additionally notes that whereas the gender of videogame gamers is about even, ladies make up simply 20% of Activision’s workforce of 9,500 folks, and its high management is completely made up of white males.
Last month, Activision shareholders narrowly permitted a controversial government compensation plan, after CEO Bobby Kotick’s pay package reached $150 million in 2020, whilst the corporate laid off staff.
Activision shares are down about 2% 12 months so far, and up 12% over the previous 12 months, in comparison with the S&P 500’s
features of 16% and 33%, respectively, over these intervals.