Bloomberg Law
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:46 AM

Gaming Industry Nondisclosures Become Key Test of #MeToo Laws

Maeve Allsup
Maeve Allsup
Legal Reporter
Paige Smith
Paige Smith

California regulators in their investigations into sexual harassment in the video game industry are targeting companies’ use of nondisclosure agreements, raising questions about whether they are preventing alleged victims from speaking to investigators or sharing their experiences publicly.

The state’s civil rights agency, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, has accused Activision Blizzard Inc. and Riot Games Inc., a unit of Tencent Holdings Ltd., of using such agreements to hamper its investigations into harassment and discrimination.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, California enacted laws which restrict the use of overly broad gag orders that critics say ...

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