Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kick knew a Wall Street Journal report, according to many years has done nothing to prevent the attacks within his company and. Worse, he is said to have actively prevents defendants were fired, although the personnel department had recommended the employees and the most serious allegations were brought against them. In addition, the CEO should set even the most over tacky behavior to light, and his subordinates have threatened again worst.
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Activision Blizzard: New report draws even worse image
That s the point: Activision Blizzard stands for months the focus of a full-blown scandal, in which it comes to harassment and discrimination in the workplace, sexism, sexual assault, and the like. The company was sued, many employees are protesting and calling for major changes. Some of them have already been initiated, diverse employees in have left the company.
New WSJ report: Recently, there are many more and even more comprehensive accusations that paint a more dismal picture of the toxic working conditions at Activision Blizzard. The Wall Street Journal reported, among other things, that CEO Bobby Kick probably knew for years of attacks, the accused has met and even employees is said to have threatened the inside (via: WSJ journalist Ben Fritz on Twitter).
Bobby Kick probably already knew in 2018 of severe accusations
rape allegations at Sledgehammer: In July 2018 to Activision CEO Bobby Kick received an email in which it came that a former employee of the Call of Duty studio Sledgehammer Games was repeatedly raped by her male superiors. After she had put under pressure not to drink more alcohol, specifically in the office and work events.
The woman had reported the events of the HR department and other supervisors and the police, but nothing happened. In the following months, Activision has reached an out-of-court settlement with the woman after she had threatened with a lawsuit. CEO Bobby Kick have the Activision Blizzard s board set neither the allegations nor the agreement discretion.
Blizzards short-term co-chief Jen Oneal also reports of discrimination
New boss Jen Oneal was just a fig leaf? August briefly the first woman at the head of Blizzard, at least as a co-boss. She is now retired from the position and the end of the year they will all leave Activision Blizzard. Now we may know why. You should already have expressed in an email doubts about the motivation of corporate governance in the month after their arrival as a double top. The priorities are addressed clearly and not to serious change.
She herself had also been sexually assaulted in their time at Activision and gained less money than her male co-chief at the head of Blizzard, as the Wall Street Journal writes. Jen Oneal wrote that she was exploited merely token, marginalized and discriminated against.
In addition, they reported internal corporate parties, where there should have been strippers. Also, a DJ had asked the female party guests to drink more alcohol, so the male audience may have a better time.
Bobby Kick is not only done nothing but changes have actively obstructed and have been personally involved
Sexual harassment at Trey arch? Dan Bunting, co-head of the Call of Duty studio Trey arch, should According to a woman in have molested 2,017 more stuff. After an internal investigation in 2019 even Human Resources, Dan Bunting recommended to fire. But Activision CEO Bobby Kick had intervened to prevent that. Whereupon he was not fired. But now he is the company now but have left, apparently in connection with the investigation of the Wall Street Journal (via: Axis)
allegations against Bobby Kick: The CEO should be involved also in various scandals themselves. He is accused, for example, a woman harassed her and threatened in a voice mail that he would have her killed. Another woman said to have been fired from Kick after she complained about sexual assault. Then the CEO should the woman have said that he would destroy.
In this video you can check out information on the previous events and scandals that have already preceded the current report:
Activision Blizzard workers protest inside and organize Walkouts
Thus, the staff react: The Better Kink-Workers Alliance is a collective of workers inside at Activision Blizzard, which have joined together to stand for better conditions. They try to establish a union within Activision Blizzard and to attempt comprehensive changes. Your demands have changed by the new reports. They were more likely to be strengthened and want the CEO Bobby Kick to be replaced:
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Board is behind Kick: In view of the report, a statement of the Activision Blizzard Board was published, which does not necessarily make hope for improvement. In it, they explain that the Executive Board is convinced that Bobby Kick responded adequately to complaints in the workplace that had been reported to him.
Statement of CEO Bobby Kick: Bobby Kick itself has released a relatively unsuspecting statement. It s about the alleged reorientation and the supposedly active zero tolerance policy. The corporate leader treats again that he would really be able to create a safe, respectful working atmosphere and appropriate framework conditions.
Although there were some promising announcements in this respect in recent weeks, but the work in view of the new allegations like a drop on the hot stone. Of course, the assessments of the CEO now sound particularly unbelievable to strive for comprehensive changes if it should have been inevitable for so long before, or even involved.
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