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Activision Blizzard sued for sexual harassment again

Activision Blizzard sued for sexual harassment again

Activision Blizzard is again the subject of another sexual harassment complaint. A plaintiff identified as Jane Doe (i.e. anonymous) filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. In particular, she asks that Bobby Kotick be removed from office.

Ms. Jane Doe is claiming compensatory damages – that is to say compensation, the amount of which has not been revealed – and punitive against the company Activision Blizzard and the former manager of the person concerned, Miguel Vega.

She is also seeking the removal of CEO Bobby Kotick, who has previously been accused of knowing about sexual harassment allegations at Activision Blizzard but failing to report them.

This new case comes more than a year after the start of the first reports and government investigations into the publisher.

Attention, this article describes violence and mental and physical harassment.

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Very serious allegations

The lawsuit says the unnamed former employee first met her former manager in 2009 or 2010 before she started working at Activision Blizzard. Ms Doe claims they 'early struck up a friendship online and she sent him compromising photos of herself, which she now regrets.'

Ms Doe says their friendship ended in 2011 when she met her future husband, but in 2016 Vega helped her get a "job as an independent contractor at Activision Blizzard", which later ended. turned into a full-time position with the company as Community Engagement Coordinator for the Player Support Department, a position she held until 2021.

According to the complaint, Vega allegedly touched him a dozen times, tried to kiss him, made numerous sexual advances and made sexual remarks, all without Ms. Doe's consent. The complaint also says that in the meeting, Vega "abused, belittled and insulted Ms. Doe [...]".

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard - World of Warcraft
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard

Blizzard reacts

Vega was fired from his position at Activision Blizzard in 2021 , after Doe reported details of Vega's actions to management. However, the complaint claims that the company took too long to act , and that Doe suffered physical and mental pain, humiliation, and loss of zest for life as a result of Vega's actions and the slow pace of action. Activision Blizzard's answer. Indeed, Jane Doe reportedly reported Vega's behavior to the human resources department as early as 2017.

“We take all employee concerns seriously,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told the Daily Mail. "When the complainant raised her concerns with HR, we immediately opened an investigation, and Mr. Vega was terminated within 10 days. We have no tolerance for this kind of misconduct."

This lawsuit is one of many controversies that Activision Blizzard has faced in recent years.

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