Activision Blizzard employees have announced plans to stage a July 28 outing to protest the company's response to a lawsuit alleging discrimination, sexual harassment and a "frat frat" culture in the company. The call for a strike is in an open letter condemning the company's leadership and calling for "compassion for the victims" which already exceeds 3,000 signatures.
"Given last week 's statements from Activision Blizzard, Inc. and its legal counsel on the DFEH lawsuit, as well as Frances Townsend' s subsequent internal statement, and the many stories shared by current and former employees of DFEH. "Activision Blizzard has since believed that our values as employees are not accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership," employees said in a statement released by Blizzard Watch.
The strike call also includes four demands that employees say are necessary "to improve the conditions of the company's employees, especially women, and in particular women of color and transgender women, non-binary people and other marginalized groups ".
- The end of mandatory arbitration clauses in all employee contracts, current and future. Arbitration clauses protect perpetrators and limit the ability of victims to seek restitution.
- The adoption of recruitment, interviewing, hiring and promotion policies designed to improve employee representation at all levels, agreed upon by employees of a company-wide diversity, equity and inclusion organization. Current practices have meant that women, particularly women of color and transgender, non-binary people and other marginalized groups who are vulnerable to gender discrimination are not fairly hired for new roles compared to men.
- Publication of data on relative compensation (including equity subsidies and profit sharing), promotion rates, and salary ranges for employees of all genders and ethnicities in the company. Current practices have meant that these groups are not paid or promoted fairly.
- Facilitate a company-wide diversity, equity and inclusion working group to hire a third party to audit ABK’s reporting structure, human resources department and executive staff. It is essential to identify how current systems have failed to prevent employee harassment and to propose new solutions to address these issues.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, employees participating in the walk will meet at the front door of the Blizzard campus, instead of at the campus itself, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28th. participate by stopping work and sharing the #ActiBlizzWalkout Tag. The label is gaining momentum as people use it to share their own experiences and express support for current and former Activision Blizzard employees.
Wednesday seems to be about to be a much bigger and more visible ride than what followed Blizzard’s harsh punishment of former Hearthstone grand master Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng Wai following his 2019 call for the release of Hong Kong, especially considering the social media component. Current and former employees continue to protest online against Activision Blizzard’s internal culture and the number of signatories to the open letter calling for the company’s response to the sexual harassment lawsuit has doubled since yesterday and continues to grow.
Supporters of the ride are also encouraged to donate to one of the following charities:
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