In letter : This week, Activision Blizzard employees, with the support of a national group of workers, filed a lawsuit against the company accusing it of intimidation of workers and denigration of unions. The move comes after Activision Blizzard was taken to court for its alleged discriminatory “frat boy” culture over the summer. The company has also just hired two new senior executives, apparently in response to the situation.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) filed a lawsuit in favor of Activision Blizzard employees. The CWA issued a statement claiming that since the lawsuit, Activision Blizzard has placed its employees under strict surveillance and restricted their communications, both among themselves and on social media.
“The employer has threatened employees whom they cannot talk about or communicate about wages, hours and working conditions,” the statement said. “[The company] maintained an overly broad social media policy; enforced the social media policy against employees who engaged in a protected concerted activity; employees threatened or disciplined as a result of a protected concerted activity; engaged in the supervision of employees engaged in a protected concerted activity and engaged in questioning employees about a protected concerted activity. “
In July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Activision Blizzard for welcoming a culture of widespread discrimination and sexual harassment of employees. The company disputed the allegations, which drew criticism from across the gaming industry. Employees staged a To go for a walk a little after.
In August, the president of Blizzard left the company, followed soon after by some game designers, including the director of the upcoming Diablo IV. Activision Blizzard games have also lost sponsorships from companies like T-Mobile and Astro, and the US military.
Later in August, the state of California extended its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, saying it was intentionally interfering with investigative efforts. The lawsuit is now suing on behalf of the temporary workers as well as the full-time employees who suffered harassment. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Department accused Activision Blizzard human resources workers of shredding documents and having employees sign nondisclosure agreements that would prevent them from speaking to DFEH without going first. by Activision Blizzard. Activision Blizzard denies accusations of document destruction.
This week, Activision Blizzard announced the hiring of two new senior executives to “help the company create a more inclusive workplace as well as diversify and grow its revenues.” Its new Chief People Officer is Julie Hodges, former Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Relations and Compensation, Benefits and Talent Acquisition at Disney. Activision Blizzard’s new chief commercial officer is Sandeep Dube, former senior vice president of revenue management at Delta Airlines. Hodges and Dube will debut at Activision Blizzard on September 21 and 27, respectively.
“I can’t think of a better person to join our team and help lead our continued commitment to an inclusive workplace,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, of Hodges. “Julie is the seasoned leader we need to make sure we’re the most inspiring, fair and emulated entertainment company in the world.”
About Dube, Kotick said, “As Sandeep connected the world through air travel at Delta, he created a culture focused on growth and focused on the best customer experiences. The innovations he inspired have created incredible customer loyalty. “
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