Activision Blizzard staff are talking out over firm management’s “abhorrent and insulting” response to a California state investigation and lawsuit that alleged the corporate’s poisonous tradition led to “constant sexual harassment” for feminine staff.
A bunch of Blizzard staff have gathered greater than 800 signatures from present and former staff throughout the corporate in help of a letter that calls for Activision Blizzard launch an announcement that “recognize[s] the seriousness of these allegations and demonstrate compassion for victims of harassment and assault.”
The letter says that Activision Blizzard’s response to allegations of harassment and sexism on the firm “damaged our ongoing quest for equality inside and outside of our industry,” “casts doubt on our organizations’ ability to hold abusers accountable for their actions,” and “make[s] it clear that our leadership is not putting our values first.”
“We will not be silenced, we will not stand aside, and we will not give up until the company we love is a workplace we can all feel proud to be a part of again,” the assertion reads.
You can learn everything of the letter, despatched to Polygon, beneath:
To the Leaders of Activision Blizzard,
We, the undersigned, agree that the statements from Activision Blizzard, Inc. and their authorized counsel concerning the DFEH lawsuit, in addition to the following inside assertion from Frances Townsend, are abhorrent and insulting to all that we imagine our firm ought to stand for. To put it clearly and unequivocally, our values as staff are usually not precisely mirrored within the phrases and actions of our management.
We imagine these statements have broken our ongoing quest for equality inside and outdoors of our trade. Categorizing the claims which were made as “distorted, and in many cases false” creates an organization environment that disbelieves victims. It additionally casts doubt on our organizations’ means to carry abusers accountable for his or her actions and foster a protected surroundings for victims to come back ahead sooner or later. These statements make it clear that our management will not be placing our values first. Immediate corrections are wanted from the best stage of our group.
Our firm executives have claimed that actions shall be taken to guard us, however within the face of authorized motion — and the troubling official responses that adopted — we not belief that our leaders will place worker security above their very own pursuits. To declare this can be a “truly meritless and irresponsible lawsuit,” whereas seeing so many present and former staff communicate out about their very own experiences concerning harassment and abuse, is solely unacceptable.
We name for official statements that acknowledge the seriousness of those allegations and show compassion for victims of harassment and assault. We name on Frances Townsend to face by her phrase to step down as Executive Sponsor of the ABK Employee Women’s Network on account of the damaging nature of her assertion. We name on the chief management staff to work with us on new and significant efforts that guarantee staff — in addition to our group — have a protected place to talk out and are available ahead.
We stand with all our buddies, teammates, and colleagues, in addition to the members of our devoted group, who’ve skilled mistreatment or harassment of any type. We is not going to be silenced, we is not going to stand apart, and we is not going to surrender till the corporate we love is a office we will all really feel proud to be part of once more. We would be the change.
The worker letter comes after executives on the firm launched varied inside statements concerning the allegations of “constant sexual harassment” and “frat boy” tradition. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack launched one on Thursday, calling the allegations “extremely troubling.” Activision president Rob Kostich echoed that assertion, calling the behaviors described “deeply disturbing.” It was a serious tone shift from Activision Blizzard’s preliminary assertion, which urged the DFEH investigation — which had been ongoing for 2 years — included “distorted” and “false” descriptions of the office.
Activision Blizzard govt vp (and former George W. Bush homeland safety advisor) Fran Townsend doubled down on the unique assertion in a letter despatched to employees Friday. She referred to as the lawsuit’s claims “distorted and untrue,” describing the DFEH lawsuit as “truly meritless and irresponsible.”
Both present and former staff started posting on social media following Townsend’s assertion. The group of Activision Blizzard staff is looking for Townsend to step down as the chief sponsor of the ABK Employee Women’s Network. Several present staff instructed Polygon that employees felt “disgusted” on the firm response, noting that the lawsuit’s claims are reportedly solely the tip of the iceberg. A supply instructed Polygon that dozens extra staff have since reached out to DFEH about including their tales to the lawsuit.
“We appreciate the support of our fellow co-workers, past ABK employees, and our communities during this time,” a consultant for the group of Activision Blizzard staff instructed Polygon. “Rest assured we intend to demand change, and hold our leaders and companies accountable to the values we signed onto when joining.”
Activision Blizzard has not responded to Polygon’s inquiry concerning the open letter.