This story entails studies of sexual harassment, abuse, and suicide.
Following Activision Blizzard coming below hearth over claims of equal pay violations, sex discrimination, and sexual harassment, the corporate is now being sued by the household of one among its former staff who died by suicide in 2017.
In keeping with The Washington Post, the household of Kerri Moynihan–a former finance supervisor at Activision Blizzard–is now suing the corporate for her wrongful demise. Moynihan was discovered useless throughout an organization retreat again in 2017. The household says the sexual harassment Moynihan skilled whereas working at Activision Blizzard was a “important issue” in her demise by suicide, which occurred shortly after her male co-workers circulated nude pictures of her. Within the official 2021 California Division of Honest Employment and Housing lawsuit which first made point out of the incident, one among Moynihan’s supervisors was additionally accused of contributing to this sexual harassment by bringing intercourse toys with him on a enterprise journey Moynihan accompanied him on.
Along with these claims, Moynihan’s dad and mom have additionally accused their daughter’s boss, Greg Restituito, of mendacity to investigators from the Anaheim Police Division in regards to the nature of his relationship with Moynihan. In keeping with Moynihan’s dad and mom, Restituito and their daughter had a sexual relationship that he “made an obvious effort to cover” following her demise. A police report included within the lawsuit additionally acknowledged that Restituito made “seemingly uncommon inquiries with different staff who had been current with [Kerri] the night time previous her demise.” Moynihan’s dad and mom additionally acknowledged that following their daughter’s demise, Activision Blizzard reported Moynihan’s cellphone as “wiped,” refused to present investigators her company-issued laptop computer, and withheld entry to Restituito’s laptop computer and cellphone.
Shortly after the studies of Activision Blizzard’s alleged position in Moynihan’s demise surfaced final 12 months, the corporate known as the claims “distorted, and in lots of instances false.” Activision Blizzard then criticized the California Division of Honest Employment and Housing for together with point out of the suicide, writing “We’re sickened by the reprehensible conduct of the DFEH to tug into the grievance the tragic suicide of an worker whose passing has no bearing by any means on this case and with no regard for her grieving household.”
Per The Washington Put up’s report, Activision Blizzard has declined to reply on to the allegations made within the Moynihan’s lawsuit. As a substitute, a spokesperson has acknowledged the corporate is “deeply saddened by the tragic demise of Ms. Moynihan, who was a valued member of the corporate. We’ll deal with the grievance by the authorized course of as acceptable, and out of respect for the household we now have no additional remark at the moment.”