More than 2,000 employees of Activision Blizzard signed an open letter to the company’s management, criticizing the way they are handling the situation involving allegations of sexual and moral harassment against female employees in the workplace. In recent days the producer was sued by the government of California on account of these complaints, in addition to other problems that arose later.
The letter was posted online and, in short, it complains about the way those responsible are taking the lead in the situation and demanding immediate corrections in relation to what has been done. Employees also demand that executive Fran Townsend leave the company, as she was one of the main figures who tried to put “warm cloths” in the situation.
In an internal note sent to officials, Townsend said the allegations were not true but exaggerated. Furthermore, to date, Activision Blizzard has not instituted any official action to resolve the situation. Remember here how the process was born and also see the protest made by fans.
Notice against Activision Blizzard
Read the full release below:
For the leaders of Activision Blizzard,
We, the signatories, agree that the statements by Activision Blizzard, Inc. and its legal counsel regarding the DFEH lawsuit, as well as Frances Townsend’s subsequent internal statement, are abhorrent and insulting to all that we believe our company should represent. To put it clearly and unequivocally, our values as employees are not accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership.
We believe these statements have undermined our continued quest for equality within and outside our industry. Categorizing allegations made as “distorted and, in many cases, false” creates a business atmosphere that discredits victims. It also casts doubt on the ability of our organizations to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions and promote a safe environment for victims to present themselves in the future. These statements make it clear that our leadership is not putting our values first. Immediate fixes are needed from the highest level of our organization.
Our company executives have claimed that actions will be taken to protect us, but in the face of legal action – and the troubling official responses that followed – we no longer trust that our leaders will put the safety of employees above their own interests. To claim that this is a “truly without merit and irresponsible process”, while we see so many current and former employees talking about their own experiences with harassment and abuse, is simply unacceptable.
We request official statements that acknowledge the seriousness of these allegations and show compassion for victims of harassment and assault. We call on Frances Townsend to fulfill her word to step down as executive sponsor of ABK’s Women Employees Network as a result of the damaging nature of her statement. We call on the executive leadership team to work with us on new and significant efforts that ensure employees – as well as our community – have a safe place to speak and introduce themselves.
We support all of our friends, teammates and colleagues, as well as members of our dedicated community, who have suffered abuse or harassment of any kind. We won’t be silenced, we won’t stand by, and we won’t give up until the company we love is a workplace we can all feel proud to be a part of again. We will be the change.
Blizzard currently has around 10,000 employees. The number of people signing the letter, if necessary, represents 20% of the company. If it continues as it is, it is possible that the complaints will receive more adherence over the next few days.
With information: VG247.