Activision Blizzard Slammed With Another Sexual Harassment Process

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When it rains, it pours: Activision Blizzard just can’t shake the scandals. Still reeling from a slew of sexual harassment/discrimination lawsuits last year, the company is looking in the barrel of another, less than three months into the new year. This contains more than 30 suspects.

The Bloom Firm has filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of an anonymous client against Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, three former and two current Blizzard employees, and 25 other unnamed individuals. The charges include two counts of sexual harassment, failure to prevent harassment, sexual favoritism, retaliation, sexual battery and willful infliction of emotional distress.

Several allegations are being leveled against Mark Skorupa, a former Blizzard employee who now works at parent company Microsoft. Jane Doe was hired as an executive assistant to Skorupa and another Blizzard employee who worked in the IT department. Doe alleges that Skorupa made sexual advances and inappropriate comments towards her, put his hand on her lap at lunch on her first day, and gave her unwanted hugs that lingered too long.

Doe goes on to claim that the HR department ignored repeated complaints saying they were just examples of management trying to be “nice.”

†[Human Relations] rejected Mrs. Doe’s complaints of sexual misconduct and said it was just her leadership being nice and trying to befriend her,” the filing reads. “HR asked Ms. Please keep all her problems, concerns, recordings or emails to herself as they can be very harmful to Activision Blizzard.”

Doe also claims she was the victim of retaliation for taking her complaints to HR. She says that Skorupa subsequently made hurtful comments to her, that the company demoted her and that her applications in several departments were rejected, even though she was better qualified than other applicants.

The lawsuit asks the court to award Doe all legal costs and an unspecified amount of damages. Activision and Microsoft have declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Image Credit: Enlarge by Casimiro PT, Courtroom by Brandon Rush

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