Activision Blizzard Accused of Stonewalling as Lawsuit Expands

Axios Reports that the harassment lawsuit the state of California filed against Activision Blizzard last month is expanding, and the wording of the suit now includes temporary workers. There are also new accusations that Activision Blizzard is not retaining documents as required and is interfering with the ability to interview employees. Gamasutra has a statement from Activision Blizzard, but this does not directly address the points the site summarizes thusly:
Firstly, the DFEH is accusing Activision Blizzard of using law firm WilmerHale to stonewall the department and prevent it from talking to employees.

The firm has apparently been hosting listening sessions with employees to hear their complaints, but the DFEH claims that this practice “directly interferes” with the DFEH’s ability to “investigate, prosecute, and remedy workplace discrimination and harassment violations on behalf of employees and contingent or temporary workers."

How does WilmerHale’s presence interfere with the DFEH’s process? The DFEH claims that employees who speak with WilmerHale’s representatives are treated as having spoken confidentially to an attorney.

Activision Blizzard then allegedly turned around and told the DFEH that, because the WilmerHale investigators are attorneys, work “related to receipt or investigations of discrimination or harassment complaints is privileged.”