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In a turn of events in the ongoing probes into Activision Blizzard’s workplace culture, a leading lawyer for California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has quit after accusing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office of interfering with the agency’s investigation into sexual harassment and discrimination at the company.

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Earlier today Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Silenced No More Act into law, minting new protections for workers who speak out about discrimination and harassment.

The law bars California companies from using non-disclosure clauses in settlement and severance agreements to stop workers from publicly discussing cases of sexual harassment, discrimination and assault in the workplace. It goes into effect next year and is not confined to the tech industry, however it has drawn new attention to the sector's widespread use of NDAs to silence workers.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom will lead the state of California for another year after defeating the recall effort by a nearly 28-point margin.

While Newsom credited his win to a voter rejection of loosening mask and vaccine mandates, a tenet of G.O.P. frontrunner Larry Elder's campaign, the victory also signals that the state's unusually close ties with the tech industry will go uninterrupted — at least until voters flock to polls again to select a governor on November 8, 2022.

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