Blizzard’s Head Of Human Resources Has Left The Company

The head of Bliz­zard’s human resources depart­ment is now the sec­ond exec­u­tive to leave the com­pa­ny after the recent­ly filed dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit. Bloomberg reports that Jesse Meschuk, the com­pa­ny’s head of glob­al human resources, is no longer with the com­pa­ny. This depar­ture comes short­ly after Bliz­zard pres­i­dent J. Allen Brack also made the deci­sion to leave the com­pa­ny.

An Activi­sion Bliz­zard spokesper­son con­firmed to GameSpot that “Jesse Meschuk is no longer with the com­pa­ny,” but gave no fur­ther com­ment. No offi­cial word has been giv­en in regards to these depar­tures hav­ing any­thing to do with actions tak­en by Activi­sion Blizzard.

It also seems that Meschuk delet­ed his Twit­ter account, although it’s unclear when this hap­pened. Meschuk was not direct­ly named in the law­suit like Brack was; how­ev­er, the law­suit clear­ly implies that Bliz­zard’s HR depart­ment was com­plic­it with the harass­ment in the office.

The law­suit, which was filed by the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Fair Employ­ment and Hous­ing in July, alleged that vic­tims were “dis­cour­aged from com­plain­ing as human resource per­son­nel were known to be close to alleged harassers.” An Axios report says a dozen cur­rent and for­mer Activi­sion Bliz­zard employ­ees stat­ed that not only did the com­pa­ny’s HR depart­ment not help vic­tims, it dis­count­ed and dis­missed them. One of the peo­ple quot­ed for the Axios report said H would reg­u­lar­ly respond to reports of harass­ment with state­ments like, “This isn’t a fight you want.”

In Bob­by Kotick­’s let­ter respond­ing to the alle­ga­tions, he made it clear that they would “imme­di­ate­ly” eval­u­ate man­agers and lead­ers across the two com­pa­nies. “Any­one found to have imped­ed the integri­ty of our process­es for eval­u­at­ing claims and impos­ing appro­pri­ate con­se­quences will be terminated.”

A share­hold­er also filed a law­suit against Activi­sion Bliz­zard, claim­ing the com­pa­ny made false and mis­lead­ing” state­ments about the ongo­ing inves­ti­ga­tion. Amid the ini­tial release of the scan­dal, Activi­sion Bliz­zard employ­ees staged a walk­out, demand­ing change from the company.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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