Activision (Blizzard) Employees Hold Press Conference to Demand Payment
Allegations Against the Company Include Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Unlawful Retaliation
A sexual harassment victim has come forward with allegations against video game publisher Activision (Blizzard) Entertainment. According to her statement, the company promoted a toxic work environment allowing management to engage in harassment and discrimination against female employees.
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Horrific Accusations Prompt Multiple Regulatory Investigations
An in-depth article by the Orange County Register suggests that the Call of Duty publisher knew for years about the abuse and mistreatment of women in the office but did nothing. Last month, one employee took her story of harassment to the press, standing in front of the company’s gates alongside her attorneys.
Her statement included allegations of sexual abuse and harassment perpetrated by male supervisors. She goes on to note that after reporting the abuse, she was demoted and denied profit shares.
Multiple regulatory investigations indicate that she was not alone. The California-based video game giant has faced several state and federal probes into the over 500 reports of harassment, abuse, and bullying inflicted on female employees.
$18 Million Settlement Fund
Prior to the most recent allegations, the company set aside an $18 million settlement fund for discrimination victims. The fund was established in response to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation that accused the company of allowing sexual harassment and discrimination to continue for years against women in the workplace.
The embattled company has or is currently facing probes from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Lawsuits allege a “frat-boy” culture within the company that allowed the abuse to continue for years. Victims report being groped and subjected to inappropriate behavior by male colleagues. Activision’s failure to act on the lawsuits prompted two previous walkouts.
Despite numerous complaints of misconduct and egregious behavior by male supervisors, little was done to protect female employees. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Activision Chief Executive Bobby Kotick even received allegations of rape from a former employee and failed to inform the board of directors or take further action.
Were You the Victim of Sexual Harassment or Abuse?
If you experienced sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace, you are not alone. Thousands of women are discriminated against or subjected to mistreatment at their jobs each year. Your employer is required to provide a safe work environment, free from harassment and abuse. Failure to act on reports of sexual abuse can and should result in liability.
At Levin & Nalbandyan, we are committed to helping employees hold their companies accountable for their inaction. Our trial lawyers work tirelessly to defend the rights of men and women throughout Southern California and will not rest until you receive the justice you deserve. Contact our office at (219) 513-5614 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.