On March 23, 2022, Jane Doe (“Plaintiff” or “Ms. Doe”), represented by Lisa Bloom and Alan Goldstein, filed a civil action against Activision Blizzard, Inc.; Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.; Mark Skorupa; Derek Ingalls; Benjamin “Ben” Kilgore; Sonal Patel; Danny Nguyen; and Does 1 through 25 (collectively, “Defendants”), seeking damages along with pre- and post- judgment interest for the Defendants’ alleged sexual harassment. This case was filed in U.S. District Court in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
In the complaint, the Plaintiff alleged that, “ACTIVISION BLIZZARD purchased alcohol for its employees to drink during work hours, offering it nearly everywhere, including kegs of beer throughout the offices and on campus. In this alcohol-sotted work environment, sexual harassment flourished. ACTIVISION BLIZZARD often pressured Ms. Doe and others to participate in office “cube crawls” where women would be subjected to sexual comments and groped.”
The Plaintiff further alleged that, “On October 4, 2018, Ms. Doe complained to HR about Defendant SKORUPA’s sexual harassment. HR said that it was Defendant SKORUPA’s way of complimenting her and that she should stop saying that it is sexual harassment. She also reported Defendant INGALLS’ comments about sleeping with one’s administrators and she played a recording of the comments. HR said to not let this get out because it could be very damaging and he would take care of it. He did not.”
The Plaintiff also alleged that, “In November 2021, Ms. Doe interviewed for an open Executive Assistant position. On December 8, 2021, Ms. Doe spoke at a press conference about the sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation she has endured at ACTIVISION BLIZZARD. A week later, in retaliation, ACTIVISION BLIZZARD rejected her application. On December 17, 2021, Ms. Doe sent an e-mail requesting feedback about the interview. She received no response.”
There are seven claims for relief laid down by the Plaintiff. The first and second claims alleged are for hostile work environment and Quid Pro Quo pertaining to sexual harassment pursuant to GOV. CODE § 12940. The third claim alleged is for failure to prevent harassment (GOV. CODE § 12940(k)). The fourth claim alleged is for sexual favoritism (GOV. CODE § 12940). The fifth claim alleged is for retaliation (GOV. CODE § 12940(h)). The sixth claim alleged is for sexual battery (CAL. CIVIL CODE § 1708.5). The seventh claim alleged is for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In their prayer for relief, the Plaintiff requested the Court for an order requiring ACTIVISION BLIZZARD to waive all arbitration of sexual harassment and gender discrimination; implement a rotating Human Resource department; implement an investigation policy; implement an anti-retaliation policy; prohibiting Mark Skorupa from physical, virtual contact with the Plaintiff; amend Plaintiff’s 2020 performance review to accurately reflect a “Successful” rating; and to retroactively compensate her based on the salary, profit sharing and equity owed to her had her 2020 performance review accurately reflected a “Successful” rating; and promote the Plaintiff to executive assistant and increase the annual pay, equity and profit sharing of the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff further requested that the Court award general and punitive damages and impairment of earning capacity along with past and future medical expenses, costs and attorneys’ fees or any other relief that the Court deems appropriate.
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Labor - Other Labor
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC.. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT INC. A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
KILGORE BENJAMIN AKA BEN KILGORE
3/23/2022: Unknown - ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PACKET
3/23/2022: Unknown - FIRST AMENDED GENERAL ORDER RE: MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING
3/23/2022: Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulation Packet
3/23/2022: Summons - SUMMONS ON COMPLAINT
3/23/2022: Civil Case Cover Sheet
3/23/2022: Notice of Case Assignment - Unlimited Civil Case
3/28/2022: Notice of Case Management Conference
Hearing07/26/2022 at 08:30 AM in Department 52 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; Case Management ConferenceRead MoreRead Less
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