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It seems the authorized workforce within the ongoing Department of Fair Employment and Housing lawsuit towards Activision Blizzard has a brand new head. Following the departure of the DFEH’s chief counsel and assistant chief counsel final week, Alexis McKenna has seemingly stepped as much as head up the authorized effort, in keeping with Axios’ Stephen Totilo.
McKenna is a comparatively new rent to the DFEH, becoming a member of the division in July 2021. She’s already been concerned in a few of the massive instances of the intervening months, although, together with the DFEH’s investigation of Riot Games final 12 months.
McKenna has some massive footwear to fill, although, in a case fraught with controversy. Previous DFEH chief counsel, Janette Wipper, was abruptly and unceremoniously fired by the California governor’s workplace, an motion that was quickly adopted by the resignation of assistant chief counsel Melanie Proctor. Proctor additional claimed that governor Gavin Newsom was interfering with the investigation, demanding updates on technique and subsequent steps that reportedly “mimick[ed] the interests of Activision’s counsel.”
The DFEH workforce additionally has one thing of an uphill battle forward of them for the reason that reveal of a settlement between Activision and the EEOC, which the DFEH feared could trigger “irreparable harm to the interests of the DFEH’s state court claims.”