Another Activision Blizzard employee has stepped forward to level more accusations of sexual harassment against the company, as well as detailing the punishment — “pushbacks and demotions” — she initially received for coming forward with her claims to HR.
Going under the assumed name “Christine,” the employee told her story at a press conference today at the Blizzard campus in Irvine, Calif. Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, “slammed the company in follow-up statements,” reported Game Developer, “saying it had done little to prioritize victims of sexual harassment in its follow-up actions.”
Those promised actions included the establishment of a website for victims of sexual harassment to file claims for their part of the $18 million settlement with the EEOC, as well as the hiring of a claims administrator, both of which should have taken place within 30 days. To date, neither action has apparently taken place. Bloom is calling for a series of actions similar to those demanded by employee advocacy group A Better ABK: an expanded settlement fund of $100 million, a public apology to Christine and other victims, and review by a neutral third party to examine “career damage” that those victims may have suffered.
Bloom has represented many high-profile victims of sexual abuse, including those of Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, and Jeffrey Epstein. She stepped away from an advisory role for Harvey Weinstein after allegations against him became more severe.
Activision Blizzard’s response hit the usual notes, saying that conduct like that alleged by Christine was “not consistent with our standards, our expectations” and that it was “in the process of implementing significant changes” to its HR, reporting, and investigation process.