Californian Ministry of Fair Employment and Housing Formal objections have been issued to the recent settlement publishers and developers Activision Blizzard In cooperation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, DFEH noted that this may cause “irreparable harm” to its ongoing legal proceedings.
As you may know, Activision Blizzard is currently participating in a series of lawsuits related to the company’s so-called “fraternity boy culture” and various allegations of harassment.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has objected to the company’s settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that it will cause “irreparable harm” to its lawsuit.
In the file Circulated on Twitter by Stephen Totilo of Axios, DFEH pointed out that the terms of the settlement will require employees to release Activision Blizzard’s claims under California law-which will have a serious impact on its own litigation.
DFEH wrote: “DFEH’s pending enforcement actions against the defendant will be subject to unwitting immunity, which is the condition of the proposed decree that allows victims to obtain relief.” “The proposed consent order also contains sanctions for effective destruction and/or tampering of the DFEH case to Provisions concerning important evidence, such as personnel files and other documents involving sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination.”
California has accused Activision Blizzard of “concealing” and “suppressing” evidence related to this case, and concerns about this new settlement seem to rekindle the state’s concerns.
Since the initial exposure of the lawsuit, shareholders have argued that because company executives deliberately concealed information about the sexual harassment lawsuit, they were “economically harmed.”
Blizzard President J. Allen Brack has left the company, leaving Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra to lead Blizzard. Activision Blizzard also confirmed that human resources director Jesse Meschuk (who has been with the company for 12 years) also resigned in early August.