that the harassment lawsuit the state of California filed
against Activision Blizzard
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.
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