Activision Blizzard First because of a lawsuit targeting Activision’s alleged frat boy environment – which reportedly led to a toxic workplace and significant gender discrimination – and then due to activists of the group ABK Workers Alliance, the group has been mired in accusations, accusations and controversies for months. Is. Filing an unfair labor practice lawsuit with the National Labor Relations Board. Most recently, Activision appeared ready to settle with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, concluding a three-year-long investigation, but California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has issued a formal objection to the settlement.
According to documents circulated on Twitter by Stephen Totilo, co-writer of the Nerdshala Gaming newsletter, the California DFEH is arguing that Activision’s agreement with the EEOC would cause “irreparable damage” to its own lawsuit. Apparently, the terms of the settlement would require employees to release Activision Blizzard from claims under California state law, which DFEH believes will have dire consequences for its suit.
It appears that DFEH has written notes claiming that the uninformed exemptions demonstrated in the agreement with the EEOC would seriously harm its pending enforcement action. Reportedly, not only would these exemptions be made conditional to the victims seeking relief, but the proposed consent decree would also include provisions that allow destruction or tampering of vital evidence. The California DFEH has previously accused Activision Blizzard of tampering with the investigation, which may lend some additional credibility to this objection.
Apparently, the DFEH had previously objected to an expedited settlement for Riot Games and a gender discrimination lawsuit between female workers, suggesting that the department has seen similar circumstances before. However, this time the terms of the settlement allow the destruction of important evidence for an entirely different case from the one being settled. DFEH wrote that “the proposed consent decree also includes provisions sanctioning the effective destruction and/or tampering of evidence critical to DFEH’s case, such as personnel files and other documents making references to sexual harassment, retaliation and discrimination.” ”
The number of lawsuits currently filed against Activision Blizzard could continue to cause problems for the company, especially if they make it difficult for Activision Blizzard to reach settlements. That said, it appears the controversy may be somewhat over, as sponsors of the Overwatch League have quietly started to back down. Activision Blizzard The developers made several changes to their catalog of games, including removing references to them and removing cross or insensitive voice lines and imagery.
After various discoveries, properties, names and dialogues changed over the past month, World of Warcraft issued a statement explaining their reasoning.
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