Scene from the well-known game series "Call of Duty"
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The US state of California has filed a lawsuit against the computer game manufacturer Activision Blizzard on charges of discrimination and harassment.
The group has promoted a sexist corporate culture, in which women are systematically disadvantaged, said the authority DFEH.
She is responsible for upholding fair working conditions in California.
A two-year investigation by the supervisory authority showed that the company, which is known for video games such as "World of Warcraft" or "Call of Duty", is like a student union. The workplace culture is a "breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women," according to the complaint filed with a court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The group wants to defend itself in court. First, the financial service Bloomberg reported on the proceedings.
Apart from the fact that, according to the DFEH, women are paid less and are passed over for promotions, they should be exposed to sexual harassment and assault. For example, male employees are said to have openly joked about rape and harassed their superiors. African American women and other minorities are particularly hard hit. Corporate management and HR knew about it, but had not done anything.
Activision Blizzard rejected the allegations in a statement to US media.
The picture drawn by the California Occupational Safety and Health Authority does not correspond to today's corporate culture, in which "there is no place for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind."
The allegations are out of date and there have been major changes in recent years.
In addition, the lawsuit was filed without the supervisory authority having made appropriate efforts to find an out-of-court solution.
hej / dpa