Family Suing Activision-Blizzard For Wrongful Death After Employee Suicide

The death happened on a company retreat in 2017.

Content warning: the following contains mentions of suicide and sexual harassment.

A family of an Activision employee who died by suicide is suing the company, claiming her death followed sexual harassment from a director she worked with as a finance manager.

The Washington Post has seen the complaint and reports that the family of Kerri Moynihan has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, March 3. The lawsuit comes from Moynihan’s parents Paul and Janet Moynihan, who claim her boss, Greg Restituito, lied to detectives investigating her death, which occurred in a hotel room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa during a company retreat in 2017. The suit alleges Restituito lied about the sexual nature of his and Moynihan’s relationship. The death by suicide was mentioned in the State of California lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard regarding harassment and discrimination within the company, though Moynihan’s name wasn’t directly stated in the text.

As the Post points out, Restituito’s LinkedIn says he worked at Actvision-Blizzard as a senior finance director until May 2017, a month after Moynihan’s death in April [public obituary link].

More on the state of Activision-Blizzard:

All of this follows a very public fallout regarding Activision-Blizzard after the publication of the initial lawsuit. In the months that have followed, CEO Bobby Kotick has been ousted as a major contributor to the workplace culture that led to the lawsuit, Raven Software QA users have gone on strike and the subsequently unionized, and Microsoft swooped in to acquire the company, its development teams, and IP. After the acquisition, it seems Microsoft is only committing to Call of Duty staying multiplatform, though its language in the original announcement seems to imply this won’t be the case for every Activision-Blizzard property.