Activision Blizzard employees press ahead with walkout, say Kotick statement “fails to address critical elements”

July 28, 2021
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Organisers of today’s staff walkout at Activision Blizzard are pressing ahead with the protest, saying the statement released by company boss Bobby Kotick overnight “fails to address critical elements at the heart of the employee concerns”.

Activision Blizzard employees announced strike action last night, in protest against the company’s response to a recent lawsuit from California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing which alleged a “frat boy” work culture that created “a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women”.

Activision Blizzard immediately went on the offensive when news of the lawsuit initially hit the headlines, calling it “irresponsible behaviour from unaccountable State bureaucrats that are driving many of the State’s best businesses out of California”. Senior company executive Fran Townsend later doubled down on the attack in an email to all employees, describing the legal action as “truly meritless and irresponsible”.

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