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SEC Investigating Activision Blizzard Over Discrimination And Harassment Allegations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has joined the fight against Activision-Blizzard which has dogged the company for over a year now. Activision-Blizzard has been hit by a class-action lawsuit alleging harassment and discrimination in the workplace, which is just the beginning. Recently the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have thrown their hats into the ring in what is turning into a monumental case against the video game publishing company.  

“While we continue to work in good faith with regulators to address and resolve past workplace issues, we also continue to move ahead with our own initiatives to ensure that we are the very best place to work,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, who has also been subpoenaed by the SEC. “We remain committed to addressing all workplace issues in a forthright and prompt manner.”

The SEC is requesting documents from Activision board meetings from 2019, personnel files for former employees, and separation agreements the company made this year. They also requested communication logs between Kotick and other Activision senior executives, particularly in regards to anything about sexual harassment or discrimination complaints.

The lawsuit says the company regularly underpaid female employees for the same work, and created a hostile work environment with rampant sexual harassment. Activision-Blizzard initially dismissed the lawsuit, but investigations have shown discontent among employees, and the company’s response led to a walkout in protest. While Kotick has since called the initial response “tone-deaf”, the National Labor Relations Board recently accused Activision of intimidating employees for speaking out.

(All information was provided by IGN)

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