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Expansion of the investigation of two inspection groups in the case of Blizzard unhealthy workspace

Expansion of the investigation of two inspection groups in the case of Blizzard unhealthy workspace


Two groups of forensic investigators are investigating allegations made by Activision Blizzard about employee misconduct and now appear to have expanded the scope of their investigation.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the California Department of Occupational and Housing Justice (DFEH) are continuing their investigation into allegations made by Activision Blizzard about mistreatment of employees in the workplace. Unhealthy, they have started sending more summonses to the people involved in this case in order to expand the scope of their investigation.

According to the report, Activision Blizzard appears to be cooperating with SEC inspectors, but is still resisting the DFEH's investigation. The SEC is a government body tasked with safeguarding the interests of investors and maintaining a fair, orderly and efficient market and trade.

The Wall Street Journal now reported that the SEC had sent further summonses to the company's executives and staff as it continued its investigation into misconduct and discrimination against Activision Blizzard employees in September 2021. The SEC has repeatedly issued summonses to Activision Blizzard executives, particularly Bobby Kotik , and it looks like the investigation will continue.

Following the news of the first SEC summons, a spokesman for Activision Blizzard announced that it would work with the organization and hand over files and contracts it has with several former employees to the organization for further investigation. However, Activision Blizzard has so far resisted working with the DFEH department. The department was one of the first law firms to file a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard

According to the Wall Street Report, in addition to summoning Blizzard executives and some Blizzard executives, the SEC has begun an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department into the records of Bobby Kotik and 18 other current and former members of the company. The California Department of DFEH, on the other hand, seems to be complaining about Activision Blizzard's actions in two ways.

One of these is the content of the company's contracts with female employees, which include discriminatory employment terms and conditions in the areas of compensation, recruitment, promotion, termination of employment, and retaliatory dismissals. A case has also been filed by the DFEH department regarding assault and ill-treatment of female employees of the company.

(Bobby Cutik, CEO of Activision Blizzard)

Given that Microsoft is in the process of finalizing the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the outcome of these lawsuits may have a major impact on their decision to fire or continue working with some of the company's senior members. Microsoft CEO Smith recently announced that the company will closely monitor the case of allegations of harassment of Activision Blizzard employees in order to make the necessary decision about the management team of this collection in the future.

In August 2021, the DFEH Department announced that Activision Blizzard was interfering in the investigators' mission to investigate the case, in addition to distorting the documents related to the lawsuit. The DFEH also believes that Activision Blizzard has launched retaliatory actions to reduce its employees' salaries after the lawsuit was filed.

You can let us know what you think of Activision Blizzard's legal case.
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