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The charges include sexual harassment and discrimination by female employees New York Times.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard.

The ministry sued, claiming the company was a “childish workplace, characterized by a childhood mentality.”

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Candy Crush is one of the games the maker makes. The company is valued at NOK 620 billion.

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According to the ministry, female employees face harassment from employers and co-workers. Male employees make fun of rape and alcohol consumption in the workplace, it has been alleged in the case.

Women, who make up 20 percent of the workforce, should be paid less than men for equal work.

“Nest building site for harassment”

The game maker is also behind games like Call of Duty, Overwatch and Diablo.

The company, which is over 40 years old, hosts several annual gaming championships, and millions of people use their games.

The company is valued at $ 70 billion or 620 billion Norwegian kroner and has more than 10,000 employees.

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Robert Cottick is the leader of the Activision blizzard.

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On them Own websites Activision writes Blizzard is an all-encompassing workplace where differences are valued and welcomed.

According to the website, the company was named one of the best places to work for members of the LGBT community in 2019 and 2020.

According to the California Department of Gender Equality, not all employees agree with the company’s description of themselves. The ministry has been investigating the Activision blizzard for two years.

– It is a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women. In the form of consistent targets, physical attitudes and unwanted comments about sexual harassment of female employees, the case says.

Denies the allegations

It is also written about a former female employee who took her own life after a relationship with her male employer. Male colleagues reportedly shared nude photos of the woman before she died.

Management should have avoided recording this incident locally.

At the same time, the New York Times writes that the company refuses to allow such incidents in their workplace.

– Among other things, we have set up an internal whistleblower phone where you can call and report anonymously. Our employees have attended anti-discrimination courses for many years and we are not a workplace that allows our employees to hurt each other in any way, the company said Bloomberg.

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