The California Department of Fair Employment & Housing [DFEH] has accused Activision Blizzard from shredding important documents to hinder the lawsuit against the company.
In an update to the filing, first reported by Axios, DFEH claimed that Activision Blizzard is preventing its employees from talking to the organization, forcing them to go through the company’s management first. The amended filing states that this “directly interferes” with the ongoing investigation and its efforts to remedy the situation. The DFEH also objected to Activision Blizzard involving law firm WilmerHale, which has a reputation for defrauding unions and has an existing relationship with the publisher’s executive team.
“With regard to claims that we destroyed information by shredding documents, those claims are untrue,” Activision Blizzard told IGN in response to the allegation. “We have taken appropriate steps to preserve information relevant to the DFEH investigation.”
The company also provided the following list of actions it took in response to the lawsuit:
– Various high-level staff changes;
– Redesigned recruiting and recruiting practices that require different application panels;
– More transparency about pay equality;
– Expanded and enhanced training and research capabilities for personnel and compliance personnel;
– Research teams set up outside the business units to support greater independence;
– Restructured divisions to support greater accountability;
– Improved assessment processes with employee evaluation of managers;
– Clear boundaries to workplace behavior with a zero-tolerance approach to harassment and other actions that reduce or marginalize.
Activision Blizzard further claims that the DFEH has already provided “clear evidence” that it does not address the issue of gender pay gaps and promotion gaps.