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California sues Activision Blizzard over mistreatment of women

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2021 | Sexual Harassment |

People working in California expect to get treated fairly at their places of work. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Many female employees of video game studio Activision Blizzard have shared information about this company’s allegedly toxic culture and mistreatment of women. This information is now the basis of a lawsuit that the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing launched against Activision Blizzard.

What did female employees have to say about Activision Blizzard?

In its lawsuit, the DFEH states that Activision Blizzard intentionally violated California employment law by giving low-paying positions with a lack of advancement to women. This lawsuit also lists examples of how Activision Blizzard treated its female employees.

One female worker mentioned that working at Activision Blizzard was like working in a frat house where inappropriate comments were commonplace. Another female employee gave details about events called “cube crawls” that involved male employees physically crawling in other employee’s cubicles. Sometimes, this would result in specific instances of male employees engaging in sexual harassment directed toward female employees. Because 80% of employees working at Activision Blizzard were men, and women who reported sexual harassment allegedly lost their jobs, many of the company’s female employees felt that it was understandably hopeless to stand up for themselves.

Company response

A company spokesperson from Activision Blizzard was quick to respond to news of the lawsuit brought against it. They stated that the lawsuit mentioned “false descriptions of Blizzard’s past” and that this company made “significant changes” to improve its company culture.

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing is suing Activision Blizzard for multiple violations against its female employees. This is an example of the legal recourse available to employees who have been treated unfairly at their place of work.