In the wake of a bomb report claiming that Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick was aware of widespread sexual harassment in the company and in 2006 threatened to have an assistant killed, ABK Workers Alliance has issued a formal demand for Kotick’s removal and called for an employee . departure today.
“We have introduced our own zero tolerance policy,” tweeted ABetterABK. “We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and will continue to keep our original requirements for third-party review of an employee-selected source. We are staging a walkout today. We welcome you to join U.S.”
We have introduced our own zero tolerance policy. We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and will continue to maintain our original requirements for third-party review of an employee-elected source. We are holding a Walkout today. We welcome you to join.November 16, 2021
The ABK Workers Alliance was formed in the wake of a lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which claimed “many complaints of unlawful harassment, discrimination and retaliation” at the company. Last month, Activision made a number of commitments in response to the group’s demands, including an end to mandatory arbitration in employee contracts, better compensation transparency and new policies aimed at improving diversity and representation throughout the company.
ABetterABK hailed the action as “a huge gain” for employees, and a similar group of employees at Ubisoft used the relative speed of Activision’s response to highlight Ubisoft’s own relatively glacial pace of change. Attitudes have become much tougher in the wake of these recent allegations, but at the moment, Kotick does not appear to be ready to throw in the towel: In response to the Wall Street Journal report, Kotick issued a statement calling it “inaccurate and misleading “, saying that anyone who doubts his commitment to change at Activision” does not really understand how important this is to me. “
Activision Blizzard’s board also expressed support for Kotick’s management, saying he “properly addressed workplace issues” that he was made aware of.
“Under Bobby Kotick’s leadership, the company is already implementing industry-leading changes, including a zero-tolerance policy on harassment, a dedication to achieving significant percentages of women and non-binary people in our workforce, and significant internal and external investment to accelerate opportunities for diversity. talent, “the directors said in a statement.
“The goals we have set for ourselves are both critical and ambitious. The board remains confident in Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability to achieve those goals.”
This will be the second walkout staged by the ABK Workers Alliance since allegations of widespread harassment and abuse emerged: Employees also went out in late July to protest Activision Blizzard’s first response to the DFEH trial.
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