Activision Blizzard faced a slew of legal issues related to the harassment of female workers last summer. In an advancement towards the troubles, an employee’s family, who died due to suicide, is now suing the company claiming that sexual harassment contributed to her death. Moynihan’s death was deemed a suicide after she was found dead in her room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa during a company retreat in 2017.
The Washington Post reports that Kerri Moynihan, a 32-year-old finance manager’s parents are suing the company for wrongful death. The Post also notes that a lawsuit was filed last July by California’s Department of Fair Employment (DFEH) anonymously mentioning Moynihan’s name, against Activision for allegedly cultivating a toxic atmosphere of “continuous sexual harassment.” In response to this suit, Activision Blizzard commented that allegations by DFEH were “distorted, and in many circumstances inaccurate.”
As per the latest complaint, a copy obtained by The Washington Post, alleges Activision Blizzard of “fostering and enabling a toxic work environment where sexual harassment was prevalent” and failure to “prohibit such harassment.” Accusations are also levied on Moynihan’s employer, Greg Restituito, for keeping his sexual relationship with her under veils from the investigators.
The lawsuit against the company also states that the company had also refused the investigating authorities’ access to Moynihan’s and Restituito’s corporate phones and laptops throughout the inquiry into Moynihan’s death.