Activision Blizzard under SEC sexual misconduct and discrimination investigation


    Activision Blizzard faces more than protests over its workplace conditions.

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    Activision Blizzard’s legal troubles continue while the video game publisher is under investigation by the SEC, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. The investigation comes from a State of California lawsuit on the company’s allegedly toxic working conditions, including charges of sexual misconduct and discrimination.

    The SEC has cited Activision and since 2019 has requested documents, minutes of board meetings and other disclosures related to the sexual misconduct complaints. Notices from CEO Bobby Kotick and other senior executives are also requested for the investigation, and current and former employees have also been subpoenaed.

    Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment, but spokeswoman Helaine Klasky told the Journal that the company was cooperating with the SEC.

    The California Department for Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard in July, accusing the company of having a “frat boy” work environment. The complaint alleges that women in the company were not adequately compensated and harassed. After the lawsuit, several prominent members of the company have resignedincluding Blizzard President J. Allen Brack.

    Activision was hit by one last week Complain to the National Labor Office for allegedly threatening or intimidating employees who commented on harassment in the workplace.


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