Blizzard chief authorized officer departs amid a number of lawsuits
Blizzard Leisure’s chief authorized officer has left the corporate.
Claire Hart introduced her departure on LinkedIn yesterday, having exited Blizzard on Friday. She labored on the World of Warcraft developer for greater than three years, previous to which she spent over a decade at Google.
Whereas she was technically employed by Blizzard, her LinkedIn profile states she additionally labored for mum or dad firm Activision Blizzard and its APAC and China subsidiary.
“The previous three years have been stuffed with sudden twists and turns, however I really feel honored to have labored with and met so many nice folks at Blizzard and throughout the Activision Blizzard companies,” she wrote.
Hart shall be taking a brief break earlier than taking up her subsequent function. It is unclear whether or not her alternative is in place but; GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Blizzard for extra info.
Her departure comes as Activision Blizzard faces a number of lawsuits over allegations of violating civil rights and equal pay legal guidelines, in addition to discrimination and harassment of girls employed on the agency.
The primary was filed by the California Division for Truthful Employment and Housing again in July. It was later expanded to symbolize extra employees, together with contractors, and accused the writer of shredding paperwork.
This was shortly adopted by a class motion lawsuit from investor rights Rosen Legislation Agency on behalf of the corporate’s traders, claiming they had been misled as a result of the writer didn’t disclose the problems with its office tradition.
Activision Blizzard has additionally been accused by the Communications Employees of America of unlawful union busting techniques, with a grievance submitted to the Nationwide Labor Relations Board.
Yesterday, it emerged that the US Securities and Change Fee has launched its personal investigation into the writer and its response to the allegations.
Hart is the most recent in a sluggish wave of outstanding Blizzard staff to depart amid the authorized dispute. Each long-running firm president J Allen Brack stepped down and SVP of worldwide HR Jesse Meschuk departed in August.
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