Activision Blizzard Fires 20 Employees Involved In Workplace Harassment

Activision Blizzard Fires 20 Employees Involved In Workplace Harassment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that the company did not avoid or act on its employees’ complaints of sexual harassment.

US video game company Activision Blizzard Inc. laid off more than 20 of its employees on Tuesday. These individuals, including some senior developers, have allegedly been involved in sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. In addition, another 20 employees are facing disciplinary action.

Activision has fired affected employees because reports of workplace harassment have increased over the years. The company also told employees in a letter that it will expand its ethics and compliance team to create a more responsible workplace and corporate culture. It plans to add approximately 19 new members to its ethics and compliance teams, two of whom will have the specific task of overseeing the investigation of reported cases in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific).

The Fortune 500 Company will also make an anonymous report on the matter and will have a zero-tolerance policy regarding any retaliation by its employees in the process. They also stated in the letter that people involved in workplace harassment will be fired or subject to disciplinary action in the future.

The shift comes as the company continues to fight the lawsuits, which are currently under investigation by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC concluded that the company has not taken corrective and preventative action in the past three years for sexual harassment complaints filed by its employees under the lawsuit filed with the US District Court for the Central District of California.

Earlier this year, the California Department of Employment and Equitable Housing accused the gambling company of not following a culture that discriminates against female workers and exposes them to harassment, retaliation, and wage disparities.

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