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California DFEH sues Activision Blizzard over female harassment

When it comes to discrimination in the workplace, and any investigations into that discrimination, it is important for all parties to come together and be transparent with each other so that any victims of injustice receive appropriate damages.

One of the biggest game developing companies in the world, Activision Blizzard, has found itself in hot water for discrimination and harassment after an investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”), which led to a lawsuit being filed against the company by the DFEH.

DFEH and Activision Blizzard

The case points out various practices the DFEH deems as violations of state civil rights. It points out instances where women found themselves unfairly micromanaged, under-paid, under-promoted, and sexually harassed.

The DFEH seeks to force Activision Blizzard to comply with California workplace laws and address any pay adjustments or lost wages.

Activision Blizzard responded, stated that the investigation distorted and falsely described the company’s past. They claim that the DFEH refused to inform them of the findings of their investigation.

Employees and employers

No matter the size of the company, workers have rights. No matter the size of the investigation, business owners have rights. The landscape of discrimination litigation in Southern California is one of high emotions and complicated legalese.

For employees, it is important to lean on worker resources and protections. When there is discrimination in the workplace, there are laws protecting anyone reporting it to the appropriate state department.

For employers, it is important to look out for the rights of their employees and in so doing protect their companies from claims that may jeopardize the future of their organization. Employer policies against discrimination and harassment in the workplace protect and benefit both employees and employers.


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