The latest lawsuit includes allegations of revenge porn, sexual harassment, and more.
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Over a year since California filed a massive lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for sexual harassment related issues comes yet another lawsuit involving additional harassment allegations. This new lawsuit describes Activision Blizzard as a "pervasive 'frat-boy' workplace culture that is a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women."

The new lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles by an unnamed former employee (referred to as Ms. Jane Doe here) of the studio. The lawsuit is against Activision Blizzard as well as the unnamed employee's former manage, Miguel Vega.

Here is what is said in the latest lawsuit.

Activision Blizzard’s failure to curb sexist and harassing conduct emboldened manager Miguel Vega to abuse, belittle and insult Ms. Doe by making comments to her about oral sex, masturbation and orgasms, threatening her job if she would not consent to sex, mocking her breasts, and commenting on other female employees’ attractiveness. Mr. Vega also repeatedly threatened to expose a compromising photo of Ms. Doe.
Ms. Doe says that they "met Mr. Vega in 2009 or 2010 when she participated in a game night with members of Activision Blizzard." This was prior to her working at Activision Blizzard. Vega and Doe then "formed a virtual friendship and she regrettably sent him compromising photos of herself."

Doe says that the friendship ended with Vega in 2011 when she met her future husband. Despite this, Vega still helped Doe get some "independent contractor work at Activision Blizzard." This then turned into a full-time position as a community engagement coordinator for the Player Support department. Doe worked for Activision Blizzard from 2016 through 2021. During her time there, the lawsuit claims the following:

At work, Mr. Vega repeatedly groped Ms. Doe’s breasts around a dozen times. On each occasion, he would squeeze, grab or poke her breasts and she immediately recoiled at these unwanted advances. He often attempted to kiss her at work. All of Mr. Vega’s sexual advances upon Ms. Doe were unwelcomed. After each time she rejected him, he’d assure her that “one day it’ll happen” or “one day you’ll give in.”
Doe was also subject to plenty of verbal abuse from Vega during this time. Vega is said to constantly tell her that a monkey could do her job, that she was a "no one," that her "opinions don't matter," and that she "doesn't know shit." Further allegations were submitted in the lawsuit.

At an Activision Blizzard office party in 2017, Mr. Vega walked Ms. Doe to a vacant part of the office away from the party and he asked her if she would give him oral sex if he were to “whip it out right here.”(...)

When Ms. Doe expressed to Mr. Vega on several occasions that she felt underpaid, Mr. Vega often replied with a quid pro quo proposal: “Well you know what you need to do” while he pointed to his crotch.(...)

Mr. Vega told Ms. Doe that he “is a very sexual person” and that he thus “needs to jack off at least twice a day.”(...)

Mr. Vega asked Ms. Doe how often she pleasured herself.(...)

Mr. Vega asked Ms. Doe how often her husband made her orgasm during sex, and if she felt like her husband meets her needs sexually (“How often does he make you cum?” and “Does he take care of you in the bedroom?”)​
Ms. Doe says that Vega threatened her career if she were to ever report him to Human Resources. Despite this, Doe did report Vega's actions in 2017 at which time she claims that "Activision Blizzard did nothing." Up until August 2021, which was several weeks after the news of California's investigation and subsequent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard came to light, Vega had continually threatened to publicly release the "compromising photos" Vega still apparently had in his possession of Ms. Doe.

In August 2021, a report was filed directly to Ms. Doe's manager against Vega. Shortly after that report was filed "Vega left a voicemail for Ms. Doe in a poor attempt to mitigate the harm he caused her." Vega was then fired from the studio on September 1, 2021.

Ms. Doe's lawsuit is seeking a full jury trial for both Activision Blizzard and Vega. She is seeking compensation in the form of damages, legal fees, lost earnings, and medical costs.

Activision Blizzard released a statement to an inquiry by Kotaku concerning this lawsuit, to which a representative stated the following:

We take all employee concerns seriously. When the plaintiff reported her concerns, we immediately opened an investigation, and Mr. Vega was terminated within 10 days. We have no tolerance for this kind of misconduct.