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More Harassment Details Surface On Ben Kilgore, Blizzard Entertainment's Former CTO, and Derek Ingalls, Former CIO
2021/08/14 at 5:16 PM
Last week, Vice published an article on Blizzard Entertainment's workplace culture which fostered sexism and harassment, specifically highlighting Derek Ingalls, former Chief Information Officer, and Ben Kilgore, former Chief Technology Officer.
Blizzard Manager Joked About Sleeping With Female Assistants During Meeting
In a damning example of what the state of California described as a "frat boy" workplace culture, a senior Blizzard manager joked in a meeting about having sex with female assistants, Waypoint has learned.
In late 2018, Derek Ingalls, at the time Blizzard's chief information officer, called a meeting for all IT employees following the departure of Ben Kilgore, who was until then Blizzard's chief technology officer.
According to a former Blizzard IT employee who was at the meeting, Ingalls jokingly said employees shouldn't sleep with their executive assistants, that if they did, they shouldn't stop, and that if they did stop, they better have "deep pockets."
Though employees complained about Ingalls' comments, their concerns were reportedly dismissed, and the employees who spoke up were made to feel targeted.
According to the article, Kilgore was fired following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against female employees, and it points out how he's mentioned in the state of California's lawsuit against Activision Blizzard - though not by name - as the former Chief Technology Officer who was known to group female employees and make hiring decisions based on the attractiveness of female applicants.
Defendant's former Chief Technology Officer was observed by employees groping inebriated female employees at company events and was known for making hiring decisions based on female applicants' looks.
Neither Kilgore nor Ingalls work at the company anymore. Blizzard Entertainment's former head of Global Human Resources, Jesse Meschuk,
has also left the company
following reports of the many failures of HR to handle complaints about sexism and discrimination.
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