Activision Blizzard Sacked 20 Employees Following Harassment Complaints

Activision Blizzard Sacked 20 Employees Following Harassment Complaints

Video game company Activision Blizzard has fired 20 employees for harassment, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing a letter sent to staff.

According to the report, the video game maker will also expand its ethics and compliance team, tasked with creating a “more responsible workplace.”

The fallout continued for one of the world’s most famous video game makers following recent reports of widespread sexual misconduct and discrimination in the workplace.

Earlier in September, Activision Blizzard and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said they had reached an agreement to settle complaints about the company’s work environment. The EEOC, which has been investigating allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation at Activision for three years, found that the company had failed to take corrective and preventive action regarding sexual harassment complaints.

The company also said last month that it continues to work with regulators to address and resolve the workplace complaints it has received.

In late July, the California Civil Rights Agency sued the company, alleging gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The lawsuit accused the multibillion-dollar company of violating state civil rights and equal pay laws, and paints a worrying picture image of employee lives, including allegations of widespread sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation and a “frat boy” culture in the workplace.

The revelations prompted consideration of sexism in the video game industry, with employees staging a walkout over the summer and thousands signing a petition demanding a response to the scandal.

The company declined to name any of the 20 people who were made redundant, according to the FT, although the layoffs apparently do not include senior management or members of the company’s board of directors.

In the letter sent to staff, the company pledged to act with “renewed urgency” and “to earn the confidence of our team that when they speak they will be heard,” the FT reported.

Activision Blizzard’s release includes popular games such as Candy Crush, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft.


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