- Claire Hart, who served as Chief Legal Officer at Blizzard resigned
- After being in the company for three years, Hart said that she decided to move to the next adventure
- The resignation comes at a time when Blizzard is facing legal action for workplace discrimination and abuse, as well as an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission
Activision Blizzard's Chief Legal Officer, Claire Hart, revealed that she resigns. The resignation comes at a time while the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation against the gaming giant. Additionally, Blizzard is facing a class-action lawsuit as well as legal action from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Blizzard's Chief Legal Officer Resigns
Claire Hart, Activision Blizzard's Chief Legal Officer announced that she resigned from her position. On LinkedIn, the announcement came this week, however, Hart explained that her last day was Friday last week. Before resigning, she was a part of Blizzard for three years.
Hart said that those three years “have been full of unexpected twists and turns” and that she felt honored to have worked with such amazing people. Additionally, she outlined that before making her next move, she will be taking a short break.
“After more than three years at Blizzard Entertainment, I have decided to move on to my next adventure,” reads a statement released by Claire Hart
Hart's resignation comes at a time when Blizzard is facing legal actions and investigations. In July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against the gaming giant over claims for workplace discrimination, harassment, and abuse. The lawsuit alleges that male employees harassed female employees while consuming alcohol at work.
Besides DFEH's lawsuit, a class-action lawsuit was initiated against Blizzard. The class-action lawsuit alleges that the company did not inform its investors about the severity of the DFEH, which may have resulted in misleading information.
Additionally, The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation against Blizzard. SEC sought to investigate how the gaming giant handled reports for workplace discrimination, as well as sexual harassment. The Commission requested documents from Blizzard including separation agreements and files of current and former employees dating back to 2019.
Hart hasn't confirmed if her resignation is at all related to the ongoing legal actions and SEC's investigation. Blizzard too hasn't disclosed whether there is a connection between the resignation of their Chief Legal Officer or not.