Activision Blizzard, one of the largest gaming companies out there, that makes games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, are being sued for having frat boy workplace behavior against women. If you’ve seen the UK version of The Office, it’s much grosser than that. And the contents being written here also extends to horrible incidences like suicide and irreparable damage to mental health.
Not Having So Much Fun
According to The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing(DFEH), the video game publisher giant has been fostering a terrible environment where women are not only repressed, but also treated lesser by their male colleagues.
Some are also being paid less than them. Receiving fewer opportunities to receive promotion, pay increase, most women become morally bankrupt and had left the company. It gets only worse, as there are more details of them being sexually objectified in the workplace.
Receiving sexual advances, harassed, and were inappropriately commented on during hour shifts. Some of them went as far as making derogatory comments that included rape, in the conversations. The people in charge pretty much knew of the ongoing workplace problems yet failed to take the measures needed to prevent this from continuing.
Make It Till You Break
One story, in particular, involve a woman who went on a company trip with one of her male supervisor. Before she committed suicide, he took advantage of her, using her for sexual advances. Buying various sex toys, and even sharing nude photos of her to their colleagues.
A lot of corroborated stories have been building up over the years, especially in the latter half of both company’s merger lifespan. DFEH is moving to sue the company, with the lawsuit filed around Tuesday. After 2 years of investigation. Some of the people being indicted are J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard.
Right after Riot Games was caught doing the same, people have been raising awareness about work policies and fair rights. Activision Blizzard has taken that position with much larger and egregious work ethic violations.