California sued gaming giant Activision Blizzard, alleging widespread harassment of female staff. A male supervisor delegated his work to a female employee so he could play Call of Duty, the suit said

The state of California has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against gaming company Activision Blizzard Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images
California on Tuesday sued gaming giant Activision Blizzard, claiming a "frat boy" culture.
A state agency said female employees were constantly being sexually harassed and paid less for their work.
Activision Blizzard said the lawsuit contained "biased" and "false" claims.
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The California agency for fair employment filed a lawsuit Tuesday against gaming giant Activision Blizzard, accusing Call of Duty publisher of a "penetrative guy" who routinely harassed female employees.
In one alleged incident, a "newly promoted male supervisor delegated his responsibilities to his now female subordinates to play Call of Duty," the file said.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued Activision Blizzard and two subsidiaries - Activision Publishing and World of Warcraft inventor Blizzard Entertainment - after a two-year investigation into working conditions for women workers, Bloomberg Law reported for the first time.
DFEH said in its filing with the Los Angeles Supreme Court on Tuesday that women at the company were discriminated against, subjected to "constant sexual harassment," groped, paid less for "essentially similar work," and retaliated by the company's human resources department for being retaliated against complained.
"Not surprisingly, the defendants' 'frat boy' culture is a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women," the lawsuit said.
An Activision Blizzard spokesman said in a statement that "the picture DFEH is painting is not Blizzard's workplace today".
“The DFEH contains distorted and, in many cases, incorrect descriptions of Blizzard's past. We were extremely cooperative with the DFEH throughout their investigation, including providing full data and documentation, but they refused to tell us what problems they had perceived. “Said the statement.
“We value diversity and strive to promote a workplace that offers inclusivity for everyone. In our company or in our industry or in any industry there is no place for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind, "said the spokesman.
"We take every allegation seriously and investigate all claims. In cases of misconduct, steps have been taken to correct the problem."
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The lawsuit detailed that some male workers participated in "dice crawls" in which they "drink copious amounts of alcohol" and move between cubicles in the office and often behave inappropriately towards their female counterparts.
Some male workers made sexual advances to women on the World of Warcraft team and also made derogatory comments about rape, the lawsuit said.
The agency said on the file that an Activision Blizzard employee died of suicide while on a business trip. A male colleague with whom she had previously had a sexual relationship was also on the trip, the lawsuit said. Police found that the male guard took a butt plug and lubricant on the trip, DFEH said.
Another employee said the woman was sexually molested at work before she died, DFEH said.
It is not clear when the trip took place. A spokesman for Activision Blizzard said in a statement to Insider that the employee's suicide "did not affect this case."
The lawsuit alleged that Activision Blizzard's female employees - who make up around 20% of the workforce - were also promoted more slowly, while women in management positions received "less salary, incentive and total compensation than their male counterparts," citing Own records by Activision Blizzard with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The DFEH said it filed the lawsuit of unequal pay, gender discrimination, unlawful sexual harassment, retaliation and failure to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The agency said it is suing in the public interest and on behalf of Activision Blizzard's female employees.
Among other things, the agency is demanding compensation and punitive damages as well as unpaid and lost wages for female employees, but without specifying the amount.
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