Lawyer resigns, accusing California governor of interfering in Activision lawsuit

As the takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is taking its course, the lawsuit for discrimination and sexual harassment is once again being talked about. In an article by Bloombergwe learn that a top attorney for the state of California has resigned, accusing the governor’s office of interfering in the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard.

Melanie Proctor, the deputy chief attorney for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), said she was resigning in protest that her boss at the agency, attorney Janette Wipper, had been abruptly fired by the Governor. The two lawyers had already withdrawn from the Activision lawsuit earlier this month without explanation. A representative of the two lawyers confirmed that Ms Proctor had resigned and Ms Wipper had been terminated.

According to Mr. Proctor, California Governor Gavin Newsom interfered in Actvision’s lawsuit:

The governor’s office has repeatedly demanded advance notice of litigation strategy and next steps. As we continued to win in state court, this interference grew, mimicking the interests of Activision’s attorney

Newsom’s side obviously refutes the allegations. The communications director says the office “will continue to support DFEH in its efforts to combat all forms of discrimination and protect Californians.”

These personnel changes come shortly after Activision reached an agreement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The department of Janette Wipper estimates on this subject that the 18 million dollars put on the table are very meager compared to the intrinsic value of Activision. In a lawsuit for discrimination, Riot Games had put on the table no less than 100 million dollars in 2021 to get out of its legal troubles.

In Mmr Wipper’s department, the disappointment seems great because she had a reputation for strong advocacy, using every means at her disposal to bring to justice companies that failed to comply with employment and labor laws. well being at work. She had notably participated actively in the trials of Riot (Tencent) and Tesla.

In her resignation letter, Ms Proctor criticized the governor’s office, writing that “justice should be administered equally, without favoring those with political influence.” She encouraged staff to continue working on the agency’s ongoing litigation “to the best of their abilities.”

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