Another sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed against Activision Blizzard. The law firm of entertainment attorney Lisa Bloom filed the lawsuit on behalf of a plaintiff identified as “Jane Doe” against Activision Blizzard. Jane Doe claims she has been subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination while working for the company. The suit names Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, three former Blizzard employees, two current employees and “Does 1 to 25” as suspects.
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Many of the allegations in the lawsuit involve Mark Skorupa, a former Blizzard employee who is one of the named suspects and a current Microsoft employee. Doe was hired as a senior administrative assistant to support Skorupa and another Blizzard employee in the IT department, and according to the lawsuit, Skorupa made sexual comments and claims against Doe, including putting his hand on Doe’s lap while having lunch on her. first day and give her long, unwelcome hugs.
Doe’s lawsuit seeks to demonstrate a repeated pattern of complaint rejection by both managers and HR. The company also alleges that the company retaliated against her for going to HR with sexual harassment complaints and that HR “rejected Ms Doe’s sexual misconduct complaints and said it was just her leadership being nice and trying to make friends with her.” to become. HR asked Ms. Doe to keep all her issues, concerns, recordings or emails to herself as they could be very harmful to Activision Blizzard.
The lawsuit alleges that Skorupa made a number of hurtful comments towards Doe that demoted Doe’s company and prevented her from getting other positions at the company she applied for. In one example, she interviewed for a role, but according to the lawsuit, the company hired a “less qualified receptionist” who was fired shortly after “because she was not qualified for the position.”
Doe eventually wrote to former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack about the harassment and retaliation, and soon after was offered a new position, albeit one with “a significant pay cut.” In this position, “Mrs. Doe’s manager often caused her to fail.”
The indictment states that Doe spoke at a news conference on December 8 about her experience, indicating that Doe may be the woman who identified herself as “Christine” at a conference hosted by Bloom the same day.
There are more allegations in the lawsuit itself that you can read here or at the bottom of this article.
Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Activision Blizzard has been under intense scrutiny for its work culture since the state of California filed a lawsuit against the company in July for sexual harassment. That lawsuit referred anonymously to an employee who committed suicide during a corporate retreat, and her parents have since filed their own lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The family claims sexual harassment was a “major factor” leading to her death. according to The Washington Post†
a bomb Wall Street Journal report alleged CEO Bobby Kotick was aware of allegations of sexual misconduct at the company, though he has remained in the role.
Microsoft, which plans to acquire Activision in a deal worth nearly $70 billion, declined to comment.
Update March 24, 9:03 PM ET: Microsoft declined to comment.