Last week, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. The publishing giant called the suit “distorted, and in many cases false” and blamed it on “irresponsible behavior from unaccountable State bureaucrats.” Earlier today, we reported that over 2,000 current and former employees signed a letter condemning the company’s response to the lawsuit. Now Blizzard staff is taking things to the next level with plans to strike.
Blizzard employees plan to strike
Blizzard employees have reached out to Bloomberg to announce their plans to strike tomorrow, July 28. The walkout aims to “improve conditions for employees at the company, especially women, and in particular women of color and transgender women, nonbinary people, and other marginalized groups.” The protest will take place outside the Blizzard campus in Irvine, California.
The employees have released a list of demands, including:
- That Activision ditch mandatory arbitration clauses “in all employee contracts, current and future.”
- New practices for recruiting, interviewing, hiring and promotion that facilitate better representation “agreed upon by employees in a company-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion organization.”
- The publication of data on relative compensation, promotion rates and salary ranges for employees “of all genders and ethnicities at the company.”
- That a diversity task force be allowed to hire a third party to audit the company’s leadership, hierarchy and HR department. “It is imperative to identify how current systems have failed to prevent employee harassment, and to propose new solutions to address these issues.”