Axios was the first to report on the updated trial. One of the key passages states that “documents and records were not kept as required by law” and that “documents related to investigations and complaints were shredded by human resources staff and staff. -mails are deleted 30 days after the separation of an employee ”.
California Turns Up The Pressure On Activision Blizzard, As @Megan_Nicolett and I report. They filed an amended lawsuit against AB yesterday, adding temporary workers to the people on whose behalf they are suing.
In addition, an 11th cause of action https://t.co/NszBmPbCvP pic.twitter.com/eaMFk75eYj
– Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) August 24, 2021
Activision Blizzard’s human resources have come under fire from many employees, who say the department has done little to respond to accusations of abuse and harassment when they occur. In the IGN’s Activision Blizzard report, measures of diversity and inclusion were described as superficial and insufficient.
Activision Blizzard employees on Twitter quickly responded to new allegations of document shredding.
HR destroyed the documents related to the trial… meaning the fine for it was less than the penalty for what it was. Shame on HR. It’s time to unionize. I’m going to shout that from the top of the hills now. I feel so disgusting working here right now.
– Jessica Gonzalez #ABetterABK 💙 (@BlizzJess) August 24, 2021
“He alleges, in part, that” documents related to investigations and complaints were shredded by human resources staff “in violation of what he claims is the legal obligation of the gaming company to keep them pending. investigation. “
– Sean 💙 Respect, responsibility, transparency (@seanmiddleditch) August 24, 2021
Asked for comment, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson sent the following statement to IGN.
Throughout our engagement with the DFEH, we have complied with all appropriate requests in support of its review, although we have implemented reforms to ensure that our workplaces are welcoming and safe for every employee. . These changes continue today and include:
– Several high-level personnel changes;
– Redesigned hiring and recruitment practices requiring diversified interview panels;
– Greater transparency on pay equity;
– Extensive and improved training and investigative capabilities for human resources and compliance staff;
– Creation of investigation teams outside the business units to promote greater independence;
– Divisions restructured to support greater accountability;
– Improvement of review processes to include employee evaluation of managers;
– Clear limits on behavior at work with a zero tolerance approach to harassment and other actions that diminish or marginalize.
We strive to be a company that recognizes and celebrates the diverse talents and perspectives that lead to the creation of quality and engaging entertainment on a global scale. We have provided the DFEH with clear evidence that we have no gender pay or promotion disparities. Our senior leadership is increasingly diverse, with a growing number of women in key leadership positions across the company.
We share DFEH’s goal of a safe and inclusive workplace that rewards employees fairly and we are committed to setting an example that others can follow.
Update: An Activision Blizzard spokesperson then amended the statement to explicitly deny accusations of document shredding by the California DFEH. “Regarding the claims that we destroyed information by shredding documents, these claims are not true. We have taken appropriate steps to preserve information relevant to the DFEH investigation. “