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Activision Blizzard moves with over 20 layoffs consequences from sexism

In recent months, there were numerous allegations against the Call of Duty-Publisher Activision Blizzard. The State Authority Dfeh (California Department of Fair Employment and Housing) raises serious allegations against the company. Thus, sexual discrimination and harassment of employees belong to the corporate culture.

Activision Blizzard itself has every fault of itself, but is willing to pay, 18 million US dollars to pay victims of sexual harassment. In an e-mail update to all Activision Blizzard employees (via VGC ), the Managing Vice President for Business Affairs Fran Townsend explains what consequences the company has so far from allegations and which further steps in the future are made.

More than 40 measures due to misconduct

Townsend explains that the notifications of possible misconduct of Activision Blizzard employees are taken seriously and divided into different categories in order to process the most serious cases as soon as possible.

Which consequences existed? Due to the evased cases it was already possible to dismiss more than 20 people. This includes, for example, the former Blizzard boss J. Allen Brack , but also more Blizzard Employees like Luis Barriga, Jesse McCree and Jonathan Lecraft had to leave the company in the recent past.

In addition, other types of disciplinary measures were taken against over 20 other people. Which ones are exactly, Townsend did not reveal in his mail.

More steps will follow

Furthermore, Townsend explained that Activision Blizzard will take further steps to work more effectively in the future. The measures include the following:

Extension of the ethics and compliance team by 22 full-time jobs

More Way to Play Heroes employees who help other employees to report incidents Composition of the examination groups to a central unit within a central ethics and compliance department separated by the business units and the Human Resources Department Improvements to the Employee Relations Team to ensure that it treats complaints and concerns with the due care and attention Work on new materials that document the examination process and inform the persons who report misconduct, what they have to expect during the examination process Tripling of investment in training resources

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What follows? In the coming months further news should be announced, as this is only the beginning, so Townsend. The employees can also submit proposals, as the corporate culture can continue to be improved:

Please continue to tell us your ideas and suggestions in which way you want to submit it. We will work hard every day to win your trust. Let us make sure that we always have a secure, integrative and ethical workplace that makes us all pride.

New turn in case Activision Blizzard

Only recently did the report made the round that Activision Blizzard proceed against the DFEH authority . The reason is an application for intervention from the Dfeh, as it would come to a clause due to the 18 million US dollar agreement between the EEOC and Activision Blizzard, after the Blizzard Activision, all allegations should be deleted because of sexual harassment from the personal files of the injured party.

How it continues with the complicated legal network remains unclear. However, we can set ourselves to further messages from Townsend in the coming weeks and months, which relate to this case.

What do you think of the steps that Activision Blizzard does?

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