Three weeks ago, the EQUAL Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC with Activision Blizzard agreed that the game company sets up a Fund of $ 18 million for victims of sexual harassment . The EEOC was drawn in one of the many cases of Activision Blizzard for discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace against the company in court.
What looks like a victory for those affected is considered in the industry as much too little punishment for Activision Blizzard . Critics pointed out that $ 18 million was too little for a company of the magnitude of Activision, and that, for example, last year Riot Games Inc. $ 100 million had to pay to enclose the discrimination. As Jason Schreier reports for Bloomberg, the EEOC case still has some tastes, in which allegedly also the Governor of California should be involved, which could have taken care of the fact that lawyers were deducted from the case against Blizzard. **
Governor seems to intervene in Activision Blizzard case
A high-ranking lawyer of the state California has resigned and accused the office of the governor to have in a discrimination action against Activision Blizzard .
Melanie Proctor, the Deputy Chief Lawyer of the California Authority for Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), announced on Tuesday evening in an e-mail to the employees, they protest against the fact that their boss in the authority, the ** Lawyer Janette Wipper, had been dismissed abruptly by the governor. Both lawyers were already eliminated at the beginning of the month without explanation from the legal dispute with Activision. A representative of the two lawyers confirmed that Proctor had resigned and wipper was fired.
The allegation and loss of the two leading lawyers in this case raise questions about the fate of the Activision complaint. The case is currently pending at the Los Angeles Superior Court. The action, in which the “Frat Boy” culture of Activision is described in detail, led to work-reasons of employees, to claims under the resignation of the CEO **, to convictions on the part of the business partners and a burglary of the Shares culminating in the agreement of Microsoft at the beginning of this year to buy the company for $ 69 billion.
Word agains word
Proctor said in the e-mail to the employees that the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, and his office have begun “in recent weeks” in the action of Activision . “The Governor’s office repeatedly demanded a prior notice of the process strategy and the next steps in the legal dispute,” wrote Proctor in the e-mail that Bloomberg could see. “When we won in front of the state courts, this interference took note of the interests of the lawyers of Activision.”
Erin Mellon, communication director of Newsom, said that “the allegations of interference by our office are categorically wrong” and the Governor’s office will continue to support the DFEH in its efforts to combat all forms of discrimination and protect the Californians. “
Wipper “checks all legal possibilities, including a lawsuit according to the California Whistleblower Protection Act,” said her spokeswoman Alexis Ronickher. A spokesman for the Governor’s office referred a Bloomberg request for a comment to a spokesman for the Dfeh, who said that one would not comment on personnel matters. The processes against Activision Blizzard seem to have led to some power games – and in just one of the total three large, still ongoing charges because of sexual harassment and discrimination.
Source | Bloomberg
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