Activision Blizzard is now the subject of a “wide-ranging” Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its handling of employee complaints about sexual misconduct and discrimination in the workplace. According to The Wall Street Journal, the SEC, an agency of the US government, is asking for notes recorded during board meetings since 2019, the files of six former employees, and separation agreements from this year.
The SEC has also subpoenaed several of the company’s executives, including CEO Bobby Kotick, and wants records of Kotick’s communications with other company executives about sexual harassment and discrimination complaints.
The investigation adds to the pressure that Activision Blizzard is already facing in the wake of a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit filed against it by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing in July. That lawsuit was expanded in August when the DFEH claimed that Activision was actively hampering its legal action, including by shredding documents related to “investigations and complaints” and hiring an anti-union law firm to audit its internal policies.