Last Monday, the state of California sued Activision Blizzard, the company behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, for a series of actions that victims described as “frat house.”
Activision Blizzard’s reaction to sexual harassment claims has been called “abhorrent and insulting” by over 1,000 workers who signed a statement.
The firms refused to accept the allegations.
However, such rejections harmed the “quest for equality,” according to an employee letter to management.
Following a two-year inquiry, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) made the charges against Activision in a legal filing.
It included allegations of male coworkers or supervisors harassing female employees while inebriated; a culture of disregarding complaints and retaliating against women who filed them; and pervasive discrimination against women in areas like equal pay and advancement opportunities.
The charges were baseless, the filing was “disgraceful and unprofessional,” and the DFEH was described as “unaccountable state bureaucrats,” according to Activision.
Former workers, on the other hand, rushed to social media to argue that the DFEH report resembled their own experiences at the firm.
J Allen Brack, the company’s president, responded to the claims in an internal email late last week, calling them “extremely troubling” and stating the behavior outlined is “completely unacceptable.”
Mr. Brack was mentioned in the DFEH lawsuit petition, which claimed that he received “numerous complaints” but did not take anything.
Meanwhile, some gamers have vowed to boycott the company’s games by uninstalling games, terminating subscriptions, or refusing to purchase new items.