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A new Activision Blizzard sexual misconduct lawsuit seeks termination of Bobby Kotick

A new Activision Blizzard sexual misconduct lawsuit seeks termination of Bobby Kotick


Activision Blizzard is facing another lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. A Bloomberg report said the lawsuit, filed on behalf of a current employee, claims that “Actvision Blizzard’s open ‘frat boys’ environment fosters rampant sexism, harassment, and discrimination,” leading to CEO Bobby 700 incidents of misconduct were reported during Kotick’s tenure.

On her first day at the company in 2017, the employee was taken to a “startup lunch” where she was forced to drink tequila and share an “embarrassing secret” with everyone present, the lawsuit says . She is also often forced to drink alcohol and participate in “cube crawls,” in which women are subjected to sexual comments and groping, and participate in after-get off work games where players must provide “creative answers” to mostly sexual questions.

Because of the treatment, the plaintiff began to dress “conservatively” and avoid off-site activities. When she complained, she was told “it’s just that her leadership has a good attitude and is trying to befriend her” and that she should avoid speaking out so as not to damage the company. Her workplace became increasingly hostile, leading her to apply for other positions at the company, but she didn’t get a different position — a lower salary and status — until she wrote to former Blizzard president J. Allen Complaint by Brack, who left the studio in August 2021. In November 2021, she applied for an open administrative assistant position, but her application was rejected after speaking publicly about her experience the following month.

The lawsuit names Activision Blizzard and Blizzard as defendants, as well as a handful of people, including senior vice president Derek Ingalls and former Blizzard chief technology officer Ben Kilgore, who have previously accused Blizzard of misconduct was named in the report.

Unfortunately, the allegations are all too familiar: a litany of misconduct, silence and protection of the abuser. For example, at a team meeting in 2018, a photo was taken of all the men present with their cameras turned off in response to Kilgore’s firing for credible allegations of sexual assault against him. Ingalls emailed a copy of the photo to company leaders and the defendants, which she said showed “leaders thought it was a joke that defendant Kilgore left for sexual misconduct.”

The lawsuit was filed by attorney Lisa Bloom, who demanded “more than $100 million” from Activision Blizzard’s Victim Compensation Fund during a December 2021 press conference in front of Blizzard’s headquarters. It seeks financial damages, including medical expenses, lost income and “impaired profitability,” as well as broad changes to Activision Blizzard’s human resources department and policies, a no-contact order on Skorupa, and an order requiring the company to terminate Kotick’s right to act CEO.

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Bart Thompson
Bart is's List Writer . He is from Houston, Texas, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing, majoring in non-fiction writing. He likes to play The Elder Scrolls Online and learn everything about The Elder Scrolls series.