US state and federal watchdogs are now fighting over Activision Blizzard lawsuits

US state and federal watchdogs are now fighting over Activision Blizzard lawsuits

Two different US employment watchdog groups have sued Activision Blizzard over allegations of discrimination and harassment at the company. California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed suit in July, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought a separate suit in September. Activision Blizzard and the EEOC reached an $18 million settlement soon after, which has not yet been finalised – and now the DFEH is raising an objection, saying that this settlement would hurt its own case.

In its intervention (filed on October 6 and brought to public attention by journalist Stephen Totilo), the DFEH says that the proposed settlement “contains provisions sanctioning the effective destruction and/or tampering of evidence critical to the DFEH’s case, such as personnel files and other documents referencing sexual harassment, retailation, and discrimination.”

On October 8, the EEOC filed its own objection (brought to public attention by the Opening Arguments podcast), alleging that two key lawyers in its own investigation of Activision Blizzard left to join the DFEH investigation.

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