• Remember Activision Blizzard’s sexual harassment lawsuit? Of course you do!
  • Activision Blizzard requests a pause for the lawsuit. (Really, dudes?)
  • Guess what the judge said…

There’s just some things that are kinda diehard, and one of them is Activision Blizzard’s sexual harassment lawsuit. Stuff just won’t go away.

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Activision Blizzard, wading about in their own messy waters, had recently requested pausing the ongoing lawsuit regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. If you recall, the lawsuit involved bad, sexist corporate culture within the Call of Duty and Warcraft company, filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. It seems that, potentially, there are ethics violations in the would-be settlement.


There are two government entities fighting over Activision Blizzard’s settlement of $18 million with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission): this last one we mentioned, and California’s Department of Fair Employment (DFEH.) Now, the settlement isn’t sitting too well with this last one because if it were approved by a judge, it would harm its own case against Activision Blizzard. And, of course, the EEOC is obviously objecting to the objection.  Now then, Activision Blizzard –in view of all the choppiness around it, stepped in to get a move in sideways, requesting there be a pause of the lawsuit while those pop-up ethics complaints were investigated (talk about trying for good fishing in choppy waters… if you’re not winning a fight, you’ll definitely be better off confusing the opponent.)


A Los Angeles, California county court judge moved to strike down the request to pause the lawsuit. The rejection was set forth by judge Timothy Patrick Dillon, who did not care to elaborate on the whys and whynots of the decision. This decision came after the DFEH filed to oppose Activision Blizzard’s request to stay the case; the DFEH said the request had no base and was fully focused on going on to prosecute the case (no toy, no joy.)

So there you go: Activision Blizzard were almost settling the suit with the EEOC’s complaint, and now that balloon has been deflated because of the DFEH’s involvement. As I said before, this lawsuit is really the “gift that keeps on giving” and boy, have we been getting from it!

Stay tuned; this has all the makings of a series…

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