10 months after filing a lawsuit in California Spread of sexual harassment and discrimination at Call of duty Publisher Activision Blizzard, employees of the company do not feel that it has made the necessary changes and created a workers’ committee to demand more reforms. Chief among them are calls for independent investigations, an end to retaliation, universal health care, and the protection of breastfeeding.
“We believe it is imperative that workers have a say in Activision Blizzard’s anti-discrimination policies – without them, the company’s culture of harassment and abuse will continue unchecked,” chief animator and member of the Labor Committee Against Gender and Discrimination Emily Knife said in a statement today. “We hope to have a productive conversation with the leadership as they acknowledge these growing concerns and implement the demands made by the commission.”
The list of demands as mentioned for the first time Washington Post, includes things like having the committee have a say in how policies are developed, witnesses at HR meetings, and more resources to support clients and community managers facing harassment from clients. It also calls, on issues of sexual harassment or discrimination, for clearer ends of mandatory arbitration and corporate retaliation beyond existing corporate privileges in those areas.
“We appreciate the willingness of these employees to join us to build even better Activision Blizzard and continue the progress we’ve already made,” Activision Blizzard spokeswoman Jessica Taylor said in a statement. “We have already, for example, upgraded our lactation facilities, waived arbitration, hired new leaders from DEI and EEO, and worked with staff to make our policies and operations more inclusive across Trans, to name a few, but not limited to, which The message evokes.”
Activision Blizzard He promised to give up Mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment and discrimination claims when requested by employees, but the commission is calling for the practice to be ended entirely. Likewise, Activision Blizzard says it has a strict policy against retaliation, but the committee calls for a more specific definition of “retaliation.”
“Within 180 days of filing a claim, or until the dispute is resolved, if an employee is demoted, removed from his team, or changed employment in other ways (eg they are withdrawn from work, or they are disciplined) this action is presumed to be retaliation.” company She is currently being sued by an employee who claims that in addition to facing sexual harassment and misconduct, she has been retaliated by managers after being reported in the form of missed promotions and poor performance reviews.
The committee also has a detailed list of demands specifically around breastfeeding, and cites a number of concerns staff have shared over the years:
1. The chairs in the private rooms will swing backwards and cannot be locked into the proper position for pumping. Several workers were sitting on the ground pumping water.
2. The tables were made of wood, they were porous and had a texture, and although they were clean, breast milk accumulated on the table and discolored and left milk stuck on the table.
3. The exit situation was a fire hazard. There are only two plugs per room, one used by a lamp with a USB socket for phones and another port for the pump. There are no niches for laptops or extra space to put a laptop if workers want to work from this room. This resulted in the use of extension cords.
4. Insufficient storage space: There were no closed compartments for workers to keep the pump safe. Many workers had to carry them across campus several times a day because they didn’t want to be left behind.
5. Refrigerators have locks that are not constantly locked or accessible to other workers. The workers were also using refrigerators to store their beer but the reason they had locks in the first place was because the workers’ breast milk was stolen.
6. Sanitation standards are not kept up. The housekeeping service didn’t seem to clean those rooms as frequently as the rest of the offices were.
Similar issues Previously reportedAnd it was shared on social media last December when a former Blizzard developer said breast milk Stolen from work fridge. According to Activision Blizzard, more pumping sites are properly equipped, “Quiet rooms” now have PIN codes, and refrigerators have locks.
“We encourage any employee who witnesses or experiences inappropriate behavior to report it so it can be investigated,” the company said. However, such responses are part of the problem. While the committee requests direct participation in the decision-making process, the company has stopped offering it.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the panel’s request about HR interactions. Employees want all of them to be documented, and employees have the option to bring another coworker with them. It is a common practice among union workers. Instead, Activision Blizzard suggested employees with concerns “contact a senior leader they trust.” Last fall, thousands of employees at the company called on its top leader, CEO Bobby Kotik, to resign.
The commission’s demands come a day after QA developers at one of Activision’s Call of Duty studios succeeded in forming the first-ever consortium. In a major American gaming company. Today, the company announced that modern war 2 It will be released on October 28.