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California Sues Gaming Giant Activision Blizzard Over Unequal Pay, Sexual Harassment

NPR

The video game studio behind the hit franchises Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush is facing a civil lawsuit in California over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and potential violations of the state's equal pay law.

A complaint✎ EditSign, filed by the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Wednesday, alleges that Activision Blizzard Inc. "fostered a sexist culture" where women were paid less than men and subjected to ongoing sexual harassment including groping. (Activision and Blizzard Entertainment merged in 2008.)

Officials at the gaming company knew about the harassment and not only failed to stop it but retaliated against women who spoke up, the complaint also alleges.

Years after the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate targeted women in the video game world, the California lawsuit depicts an industry that can still be unwelcoming and even hostile to female employees.

"All employers should ensure that their employees are being paid equally and take all steps to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation," said DFEH Director Kevin Kish. "This is especially important for employers in male-dominated industries, such as technology and gaming."

California’s unemployment fiasco takes surprising turn: Bank of America wants out

Cal Matters

Just how dysfunctional is California’s unemployment department?

Apparently so dysfunctional that Bank of America, which since 2010 has had an exclusive contract with the state to deliver unemployment benefits through prepaid debit cards, wants to end the contract — even though the Employment Development Department just renewed it for another two years.

The news, first reported by ABC 7 in San Francisco, comes about a month after a federal judge — as part of a class-action lawsuit first reported by CalMatters — ordered Bank of America to stop using an automated fraud filter that blocked tens of thousands of legitimate claimants from accessing their benefits after they reported suspicious account activity. The bank said it received 230,000 claims of debit card fraud from October 2020 through March 2021.

Bank of America’s desire to end the contract is striking, given that both the bank and the state rake in merchant fees whenever an unemployment debit card is swiped. EDD has pocketed millions in fees amid the pandemic: It earned more than $47 million from March 2020 through April 2021, even though the claims of more than 1.1 million jobless Californians remain in limbo.

However, Bank of America told state lawmakers it lost “hundreds of millions” of dollars on the contract last year as it scrambled to respond to California’s rampant unemployment fraud, which experts say could total upward of $31 billion.

Bank of America: “We have advised the state that we would like to exit this business as soon as possible.”

Supreme Court Allows Minor Leaguers' Class-Action Lawsuit Over Pay

Sports Illustrated

The United States Supreme Court is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed from minor league baseball players who allege they are being paid less than minimum wage.

Attorney and former minor league pitcher Garrett Broshuis announced the news on Twitter on Monday. Broshuis shared a statement from his firm Korein Tillery.

"The Supreme Court's decision to let the class certification decision stand is great news for minor league players. After almost four years on appeal, the players can now return to the trial court to ensure that Major League Baseball and team owners comply with minimum and overtime wage laws, a welcome development for minor leaguers in a very unusual year," the statement said.

The justices offered no comment Monday in rejecting MLB's appeal.

The lawsuit involves minor league players in Arizona, California and Florida.

The players first sued major league teams in February 2014, claiming most earned less than $7,500 annually in violation of several laws. A judge had initially allowed only the California players to sue, but the federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled in favor of the players from Arizona and Florida.

Low wages for minor league players have been a controversial issue for years in baseball. In February, MLB agreed to raise the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021. Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from federal minimum wage laws, the league opted to give players a wage increase between 38% and 72%.

The raises came as MLB was negotiating with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the governing body of the minors, to replace the Professional Baseball Agreement that expires after the 2020 seasons. The league sought to restructure the minor league system and reduce the number of affiliated clubs and eventually failed to reach an agreement with NAPBL.

Last month, MLB began implementing a new minor-league system, including restructuring the Appalachian League as a summer league for college freshman and sophomores.

The minor leagues hit another snag when the 2020 season was canceled this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. Broshuis, who is also the co-founder of a coalition called Advocates for Minor Leaguers, worked this summer to help direct players toward a resource that was new to them—unemployment benefits. Minor league players were exempt from minimum-wage and overtime laws through 2018's Save America's Pastime Act. However, federal legislation in March expanded the group of eligible workers for unemployment to include gig workers and independent contractors, clearing the way of minor leaguers.

Some minor league clubs initially planned to cut players' pay, but most teams later agreed to pay their squads through the end of the originally scheduled season.