Activision Blizzard employees form anti-discrimination committee

A gaggle of Activision Blizzard employees have fashioned an anti-discrimination committee and despatched an inventory of calls for to administration.

According to the Washington Post, the group of 12 Activision Blizzard employees and former employees fashioned the committee to fight intercourse and gender discrimination on the firm.

It comes after a wave of allegations towards the studio.

“My hope in joining the committee is that we don’t let the fervour die down until there is meaningful, long-lasting change,” stated Emily Knief, a senior movement graphic designer at Blizzard. “At the end of the day, I would like to go into work and not have to think about anything but my work. But based on everything that has been happening, even well before it broke through the headlines, it has been taking up a sizeable portion of my day, having to think about the inaction of leadership.”

The committee submitted a four-page record of calls for to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, variety officer Kristen Hines and chief human assets officer Julie Hodges yesterday morning (May 24).

Bobby Kotick, President and CEO, Activision Blizzard in 2014 CREDIT: Javier Rojas
Bobby Kotick, President and CEO, Activision Blizzard in 2014 CREDIT: Javier Rojas

They need, amongst different issues, employees to have the ability to meet with the equal employment alternative coordinator (appointed as a part of the federal sexual harassment settlement), the tip of undocumented chats with human assets and a restriction on retaliation towards employees who file disputes.

The record additionally requires an finish to obligatory arbitration in discrimination circumstances and the introduction of personal lactation rooms, each of which have already been carried out based on Activision Blizzard spokesperson Jessica Taylor.

“We appreciate that these employees want to join with us to further build a better Activision Blizzard and continue the progress we have already made,” she stated in an announcement. “We look forward to understanding [employees’] concerns with regards to HR discussions,” Taylor stated. “If employees are uncomfortable discussing this with HR then they should approach a senior leader whom they trust.”

Activision workplace. Credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images.

“I want this committee to be the industry standard for worker protections,” stated former Activision Blizzard worker Jessica Gonzalez. “Even though I am an Activision Blizzard alum, I am still very much involved in organising Activision Blizzard. Developers have and will continue to benefit from my activism and I can’t imagine not being there for my fellow workers, former or current.”

Yesterday, it was introduced that employees of the Activision Blizzard owned studio Raven Software have voted to form a union.

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