The State of California has filed a lawsuit against Santa Monica headquartered video game giant Activision Blizzard alleging violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The company, which employs about 9,500 people, is accused of creating a toxic work environment, especially for women, who allegedly suffered from harassment, lower starting wages, and lack of promotion. Women who did receive promotions allegedly received less total compensation than males in the same position.
Activision Blizzard is responsible for developing and publishing several popular video game franchises, including Warcraft, Diablo, and Call of Duty. The lawsuit filed by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) goes into great detail about some of the alleged violations of employment law, accusing the company of allowing a culture of discrimination and harassment of women to flourish in what is described as a “frat boy” workplace culture. Under California law, DFEH is allowed to pursue civil action against a defendant on behalf of those affected by illegal behavior.
The lawsuit can be read in its entirety here.
Since the lawsuit was announced last week, Activision Blizzard has denied the allegations, claiming they are false, distorted, and out of context. About 1,600 current and former employees of the company signed an open letter calling the company response to the lawsuit insulting.
Employment law was written to protect workers from discrimination and harassment. When a company allows violations of worker rights to occur, the company can be held liable for those violations. Most violations of employment law do not occur on the scale seen in the Activision Blizzard lawsuit, and some violations can be hard to pursue without the help of a dedicated employment law attorney.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps the victims of discrimination and harassment seek financial compensation after violations of employment law. We offer 100% free consultations and case evaluations and do not charge any legal fees unless we win your case. Call 888-517-9888 to speak with one of our employment law team today!