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Activision Blizzard sued by California over ‘frat boy’ culture

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  1. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    fuck. California has laws against revenge porn. I hope that incident results in criminal charges and not just being included in a civil lawsuit against the company.

    The suit also points to a female Activision employee who took her own life while on a company trip with her male supervisor. The employee had been subjected to intense sexual harassment prior to her death, including having nude photos passed around at a company holiday party, the complaint says.

    fuck.

    California has laws against revenge porn. I hope that incident results in criminal charges and not just being included in a civil lawsuit against the company.

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  2. Bullmaestro
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    EDIT: Cancelled. My ~500 character reason for cancellation below Looks like I'll be cancelling my WoW subscription. Pretty disgusting to think that my £9.99/month sub has been going towards a...

    EDIT: Cancelled. My ~500 character reason for cancellation below

    Shadowlands is in a dismal state and I have considered quitting for some time. I won't elaborate further, because based on how Adam Holisky, your Lead Product Manager, openly insulted Asmongold on Twitter, it's clear you're not listening to player feedback at all.

    The final straw for me and the main reason I'm cancelling is the California lawsuit. The way that the DFEH allege you treat women in the workplace is sickening.

    I cannot in good faith support a company that thinks this is okay.


    Looks like I'll be cancelling my WoW subscription.

    Pretty disgusting to think that my £9.99/month sub has been going towards a company that embraces toxic masculinity and rape culture. Some of these tales are harrowing to read.

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  3. streblo
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    Blizzard Response Pretty gross response over all, especially in the face of many former employees chiming in on Twitter.

    Blizzard Response

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    The DFEH includes distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past. We have been extremely cooperative with the DFEH throughout their investigation, including providing them with extensive data and ample documentation, but they refused to inform us what issues they perceived. They were required by law to adequately investigate and to have good faith discussions with us to better understand and to resolve any claims or concerns before going to litigation, but they failed to do so. Instead, they rushed to file an inaccurate complaint, as we will demonstrate in court. We are sickened by the reprehensible conduct of the DFEH to drag into the complaint the tragic suicide of an employee whose passing has no bearing whatsoever on this case and with no regard for her grieving family. While we find this behavior to be disgraceful and unprofessional, it is unfortunately an example of how they have conducted themselves throughout the course of their investigation. It is this type of irresponsible behavior from unaccountable State bureaucrats that are driving many of the State’s best businesses out of California.

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    We are confident in our ability to demonstrate our practices as an equal opportunity employer that fosters a supportive, diverse, and inclusive workplace for our people, and we are committed to continuing this effort in the years to come. It is a shame that the DFEH did not want to engage with us on what they thought they were seeing in their investigation.

    Pretty gross response over all, especially in the face of many former employees chiming in on Twitter.

    12 votes