State of California sues Activision Blizzard for promoting frat culture and sexual abuse

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After two years of research, the state of California sued Activision Blizzard for promoting frat culture, not paying women employees equally, and creating an environment of sexual harassment.

BloombergActivision Blizzard is accused by the state of California of marginalizing female employees at all levels in terms of pay, promotions, duties and layoffs. The state states that Activision Blizzard’s executives have failed to address these issues. You can view the entire case here.

According to the news, 20% of Activision Blizzard’s employees are women and their roles are lower level. They also receive lower salaries than men doing the same job.

The lawsuit also states that Activision Blizzard instilled a frat culture. It is stated that male employees are made to drink and they are allowed to behave inappropriately towards female employees.

While it is reported that men come to work hungover and female employees leave their jobs and play games at work, women openly talk about their bodies and make jokes about rape.

The case talks about one event in particular. In that incident, a female employee who was subjected to intense sexual abuse committed suicide while on a business trip. And this happened after a man in a top brought inappropriate sexual objects on a trip.

The lawsuit asks Activision Blizzard to comply with workplace safety clauses, equalize wages and improve conditions for female employees.


By Matt TM Kim.

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