For the past three years, Claire Hart has served as the Chief Legal Officer for Blizzard Entertainment. However, she recently announced via LinkedIn that she is no longer working for the troubled video game developer. As of Friday, September 17, Hart resigned her role as Blizzard’s head lawyer. She doesn’t give a specific reason for the decision but says she’ll be taking a short break before making her next move. You can read her full statement below.
Blizzard Chief Legal Officer resigns
After more than three years at Blizzard Entertainment, I have decided to move on to my next adventure. Friday was my last day.
The past three years have been full of unexpected twists and turns, but I feel honored to have worked with and met so many great people at Blizzard and across the Activision Blizzard businesses.
I’ll be taking a short break before making my next move. Stay tuned!
Although she doesn’t give a reason for her departure, it’s not hard to speculate. Blizzard is currently dealing with multiple government investigations, making her former job as Chief Legal Officer an unenviable position. Activision Blizzard has been accused of years of toxic workplace culture, including widespread sexual harassment and pay discrimination.
The company is currently being sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and investigated by the SEC. Employees also recently filed a labor complaint alleging intimidation and union-busting tactics. Thousands of employees have also signed a petition condemning Activision’s response to the allegations, while some also participated in a walk-out protest.