New details emerge on the storm that is sweeping Activision Blizzard.
A California lawsuit this year denounced sexual harassment, discrimination and a pervasive “frat boy culture” at the Call of Duty publisher, Activision Blizzard. In at least one case, this culture included an employee signing all of his work emails with “1-800-ALLCOCK“.
This detail comes from the latest podcast episode of the Wall Street Journal which elaborates some of its recent investigative reports which outline new cases of misconduct and cover-ups. And the CEO was not spared either Bobby Kotick.
“There was an example where an Activision employee had signed emails with 1-800-ALLCOCK for years“reporter Kirsten Grind said in a transcript of the podcast.
Activision reportedly took no action regarding the signing of the email until it received a complaint about it just last summer, at which point it fired the employee after a month-long investigation.
“Our compliance team opened an investigation after receiving a report regarding the use of this number and fired the employee after the investigation was closed“Activision Blizzard’s communications manager told Kotaku, Helaine Klasky.
The podcast episode also interviewed a former employee about his time spent at Sledgehammer Games, creator of the recent Call of Duty: Vanguard. Ashley Mark, hired as a quality assurance analyst in 2016 during the production of Call of Duty: WWII, described the workplace literally dominated by men.
Mark recalled a 2017 studio anniversary party where a former Sledgehammer manager “he put his arm around a colleague of mine almost as if he wanted to throttle her“as he hugged her and repeatedly said his name. That former manager told the Wall Street Journal he did not remember the details of the night in question because he was too drunk, but confirmed that he was suspended for two weeks before being transferred. to a different role.
Sledgehammer Games was also where a former employee was harassed twice, incidents that weren’t investigated until she sent a letter from her lawyer after she’d already left the company. According to the new podcast episode, when she initially took her complaint to the studio, a representative from the department tried to get her to downplay what had happened.
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