Activision Blizzard tried to suspend California sexual harassment lawsuit dismissed by judge

Activision BlizzardThe request to suspend the continuing sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing against the company has been rejected by the judge.

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, and the company responded with a settlement of $18 million. DFEH formally opposed the settlement, stating that it may cause “irreparable harm” to its own ongoing legal proceedings.

Because things are never simple, EEOC responded to this objection, pointing out that DFEH had previously cooperated with EEOC in investigating Activision Blizzard-and the evidence in the case led to the defendant’s settlement (thank you, Computer game player).

Activision Blizzard tried to take advantage of the conflict between the two departments and demanded that the proceedings be suspended to investigate the differences between the proceedings.

However, Los Angeles County Judge Timothy Patrick Dillon temporarily rejected the request to stop the lawsuit and gave no reason for rejection.

Although it won’t give the company more time, the conflict between EEOC and DFEH may still get Activision Blizzard out of trouble, which looks bad—especially when you consider that California has already accused Activision Blizzard. “Withholding” and “suppression” of evidence, shareholders argued that they were “economically damaged,” the entire process has caused former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack and human resources director Jesse Meschuk to leave the studio.

Don’t expect this whole mess to end soon, you are almost certain to read more about EEOC and DFEH sometime in the coming days and weeks.