Following the emergence of numerous reports of internal sexual harassment and complaints based on discrimination, 20 members of the Activision Blizzard they were fired, while a further twenty were punished for their behavior.
With an email sent to all staff, the executive vice president for affairs Fran Townsend he said the company has seen an increase in reports of sexual abuse and discrimination. Therefore some have been taken countermeasures in order to meet the victims of these behaviors.
Over the past few months we have received increasing reports through our channels. People have unearthed concerns that go back years to the present day.
These reports were followed by the investigation by the team, opening a real federal investigation on Activision Blizzard. CEO Bobby Kotick himself ended up in the spotlight, despite the intention to change the company’s conduct following the allegations that emerged last summer.
Based on the information we have found since the first report, victims fall into several categories and resources will be committed to fighting more serious cases first.
In light of all this, more than 20 individuals have been fired by Activision Blizzard and another twenty have faced other types of disciplinary action.
Townsend also said the company is taking further steps to accommodate the victims, including:
- Add 22 full-time shifts within the Ethics & Compliance team
- Add more “Way to Play Heroes” (employees helping staff with incident reporting) and offer them four extra days of vacation per year
- Combine group investigations into a central unit in the Ethics & Compliance department, which will be a separate entity from human resources
- Improve the Staff Relations team to make sure complaints and concerns get the attention they deserve
- Work on new material attesting to the investigative process and allow victims to know the pace of the investigations
- Triple your investment in resource training.
Finally, Townsend invites the staff to continue sending and sharing ideas they can improve further the company’s situation on the matter.
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