Raven Software walkout following recent layoffs supported by Blizzard and other Activision employees – .

Raven Software walkout following recent layoffs supported by Blizzard and other Activision employees – .

Activision Blizzard and its current and former employees are grappling with the fallout from a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing which alleges the company promoted a "brotherhood boy" culture in which female employees were sexually harassed, unequal wages and more. </br> </br> Since the complaint was filed on July 20, action has been taken, sources have told their stories, Blizzard CEO J. Allen Brack has resigned, and more.  It can be difficult to keep track of everything that has happened so far, so we’ve created this timeline of events that will help you stay on top of everything that is happening to prevent these horrific issues from happening. reproduce.  “Src =” https://assets-prd.ignimgs.com/2021/08/03/activisionblizzardlawsuittimeline-slideshow1-1628007724562.jpg?width=888&crop=16%3A9&quality=20&dpr=0.05 ″ class = ”jsx-2920405963 progressive- image image jsx-28166087 expand loading “/> </div>
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<p> </output> The walkout is a mix of real and virtual life as employees at the Raven, Wisconsin headquarters posted a photo of themselves protesting outside the company.  Meanwhile, Activision employees elsewhere are virtually stepping out.  On social networks, supporters share their solidarity via the hashtag #WeAreRaven.  </p>
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The management of Activision Blizzard has meanwhile postponed the layoffs, explaining that the company has chosen not to extend the contracts of “20 temporary workers”. Raven’s QA team says this is unacceptable given that Activision Blizzard has also announced plans to turn 500 temporary workers into full-time employees and contractors have been laid off “in good standing”. which means it was not the result of their performance at work.

Speaking to the Washington Post, a Raven QA tester said he felt the people let go were picked “at random” and there was a “survivor guilt” feeling on the team. . Some of those who were released were known as the top performers and team leaders of Raven’s quality assurance team.

This is the third walkout in 2021 at Activision Blizzard as the company continues to grapple with an ongoing lawsuit for sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The first took place in July after the initial California state lawsuit detailed widespread sexual harassment and toxic work culture at Blizzard.

A second walkout was launched in November after the Wall Street Journal reported that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick was personally aware of reports of harassment and sexual assault. Employees have called for Kotick’s resignation, but Activision’s board has announced that it supports Kotick’s retention as CEO.

What is clear is that the fallout from the Activision Blizzard lawsuit will not come soon. As recently as today, lawyer Lisa Bloom and a current Blizzard employee held a press conference right outside Blizzard’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Demanding compensation, a formal apology and a fund for the victims. victims to be dealt with by third party advocacy groups.

IGN has a full timeline of events regarding Activision Blizzard since the lawsuit was announced, which includes more details about the company culture and first-hand reports from employees.

Matt TM Kim is the editor-in-chief of IGN. You can reach it @lawoftd.


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