In one case, according to the lawsuit, an employee committed suicide while on a business trip, following her sexual relationship with her male supervisor. Before her death, male colleagues reportedly shared explicit photos of the woman, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was reported earlier by Bloomberg Law, said company executives and the human resources department did not address the misconduct when made aware of it.
In a statement, Activision said that “the image painted by DFEH is not Blizzard’s workplace today,” adding that the company tries to pay its employees fairly and has worked to change culture and improve diversity in recent years. Activision employees have been on anti-harassment training for years, and the company said it has created a confidential hotline and reporting team that investigate employee concerns, among other changes.
“There is no place in our business or our industry, or in any industry, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind,” Activision wrote. “In cases related to misconduct, steps have been taken to address the issue. “
The company said California did not properly discuss the charges with Activision before proceeding, and it berated the agency in particular for bringing up the employee’s suicide.