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 “fixed 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 assist of a letter that calls for Activision Blizzard launch a press release that “acknowledge[s] the seriousness of those allegations and exhibit compassion for victims of harassment and assault.”
The letter says that Activision Blizzard’s response to allegations of harassment and sexism on the firm “broken our ongoing quest for equality inside and out of doors of our trade,” “casts doubt on our organizations’ capacity to carry abusers accountable for his or her actions,” and “make[s] it clear that our management will not be placing our values first.”
“We won’t be silenced, we won’t stand apart, and we won’t surrender till the corporate we love is a office we are able to all really feel proud to be part of once more,” the assertion reads.
You may learn the whole lot of the letter, despatched to Polygon, under:
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 next inside assertion from Frances Townsend, are abhorrent and insulting to all that we consider our firm ought to stand for. To place it clearly and unequivocally, our values as staff are usually not precisely mirrored within the phrases and actions of our management.
We consider these statements have broken our ongoing quest for equality inside and out of doors of our trade. Categorizing the claims which have been made as “distorted, and in lots of circumstances false” creates an organization environment that disbelieves victims. It additionally casts doubt on our organizations’ capacity to carry abusers accountable for his or her actions and foster a protected atmosphere for victims to come back ahead sooner or later. These statements make it clear that our management will not be placing our values first. Quick corrections are wanted from the best degree of our group.
Our firm executives have claimed that actions can be taken to guard us, however within the face of authorized motion — and the troubling official responses that adopted — we now not belief that our leaders will place worker security above their very own pursuits. To say this can be a “actually meritless and irresponsible lawsuit,” whereas seeing so many present and former staff converse 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 exhibit compassion for victims of harassment and assault. We name on Frances Townsend to face by her phrase to step down as Government Sponsor of the ABK Worker Ladies’s Community because of the damaging nature of her assertion. We name on the manager management group 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 mates, teammates, and colleagues, in addition to the members of our devoted group, who’ve skilled mistreatment or harassment of any type. We won’t be silenced, we won’t stand apart, and we won’t surrender till the corporate we love is a office we are able to 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 numerous inside statements concerning the allegations of “fixed sexual harassment” and “frat boy” tradition. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack launched one on Thursday, calling the allegations “extraordinarily 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 government vice chairman (and former George W. Bush homeland safety advisor) Fran Townsend doubled down on the unique assertion in a letter despatched to workers Friday. She referred to as the lawsuit’s claims “distorted and unfaithful,” describing the DFEH lawsuit as “actually meritless and irresponsible.”
Each present and former staff started posting on social media following Townsend’s assertion. The group of Activision Blizzard staff is asking for Townsend to step down as the manager sponsor of the ABK Worker Ladies’s Community. A number of present staff instructed Polygon that workers 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 admire the assist of our fellow co-workers, previous ABK staff, and our communities throughout this time,” a consultant for the group of Activision Blizzard staff instructed Polygon. “Relaxation assured we intend to demand change, and maintain our leaders and corporations accountable to the values we signed onto when becoming a member of.”
Activision Blizzard has not responded to Polygon’s inquiry concerning the open letter.