Activision Blizzard Lawsuits And Investigations: Timeline Of Events

The anti-discrimination lawsuit the state of California filed against Activision Blizzard in July has only grown more serious over time, with allegations of harassment and worker intimidation related to unfair labor practices. So much has happened since the suit was brought forward that it can be difficult identifying the various pieces and the implications it has for the company–and its workers and ex-workers. Below we try to give a brief timeline of the lawsuits and allegations against Activision Blizzard, tracking the beginning through to its more recent developments, including an investigation by the SEC.

We’ll continue to update this post with further developments as the situation progresses.

California sues Activision Blizzard

Things kicked off on July 21. The California Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, alleging that the company “fostered a sexist culture” in which women were paid far less than men and people of color experienced instances of discrimination. The suit went on to say that sexism has “plagued the male-dominated gaming industry for decades,” and brought forth this legal action to “remedy, prevent, and deter” Activision Blizzard from violating California’s civil rights and equal pay laws. Within the lawsuit are some salary breakdowns of the highest-paid executives at the company to illustrate the vast pay disparities, as well as examples of harassment that employees reportedly faced.

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