Nearly 1,000 former and current Activision Blizzard employees signed a letter criticizing the company’s public response following the discrimination lawsuit against the company.
BloombergFollowing the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the state of California against Activision Blizzard, the company made a public statement about the lawsuit, while Blizzard employees wrote an open letter after the public statement, describing the company’s stance on the case as “disgusting and humiliating”.
The open letter, signed by employees, addresses the lawsuit filed against Blizzard Activision by the “California Department of Fair Employment and Housing” last week. The state of California, as a result of its two-year research, found that Activision Blizzard promoted a culture of solidarity between masculinity and the exploitation of women, that female employees and female employees of different colors were paid lower wages than their male colleagues doing the same job, that these women were mistreated and had the opportunity to rise within the company He filed a lawsuit claiming that he was not recognized.
The lawsuit also states that a culture of sexual harassment has become commonplace, in which Activision Blizzard’s male employees inappropriately treat their female colleagues during business hours and events.
Details of the signed petition
After the company’s official statement that the allegations of discrimination and harassment in the case were “distorted and untrue”, both current and former employees have revealed that they have been harassed in the company environment and their experiences with the company. Employees who signed the petition say they no longer trust company leaders to “put the safety of their employees above their own interests”.
Mike Morhaime’s apology message
Mike Morhaime, co-founder and former Blizzard president, shared an apology message to his employees saying, “To the Blizzard women who’ve been through any of this, I’m so sorry to disappoint you.”