Activision Blizzard has filed a motion to suspend the lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in July. The publisher wants to suspend the collection of evidence related to the surprising allegations against DFEH, which may give the company an advantage as the case proceeds.
The allegations filed last week have nothing to do with the content of the DFEH lawsuit, which claims that Activision Blizzard has had a culture of sex discrimination and harassment for many years. Rather, it has to do with the lawyer who filed the lawsuit.
According to the U.S. federal agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent proposal to settle similar claims with Activision Blizzard, the DFEH lawyer behind the California lawsuit used to work for them and actually investigated Activision Blizzard at the federal level before taking over the case. , They oppose the EEOC’s settlement clause. Our article last week explained in more detail why these institutions are in conflict, but the downside is that you can’t do this.
Activision Blizzard is a public company with a market value of 60 billion US dollars. If it gives up the opportunity to improve its tactical position in the litigation and hopes to see the evidence cited by the EEOC, it will definitely violate some laws of nature.
In addition, the publishers of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft hope to designate this case as “complex”. Ironically, “complex” is one of the few legal terms that are easy to define: it literally means that Activision Blizzard wants to transfer the case to a court that specializes in handling really difficult cases.
In addition to alleged violations of the DFEH Code of Ethics, Activision also claimed that the California Bureau also made other mistakes that complicated the case, including destroying information. DFEH also accused Activision Blizzard of destroying information, and also requested that this case be classified as a complicated case.
“We look forward to a fair resolution of this case with DFEH in the appropriate courts,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told PC Gamer.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission is also investigating Activision Blizzard’s handling of the July allegations. Today, the company released a recent internal email in which Fran Townsend, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, described a vision for workplace improvement. The statement pointed out that in recent months, more than 20 employees have “resigned” due to human resources report investigations, and more than 20 employees “face other types of disciplinary actions.”
At the time of writing this article, DFEH has not yet responded to a request for comment, but we will update this article if the California agency issues a statement.