Activision Blizzard Employees Are Staging a Walkout Protest on Wednesday - #ActiBlizzWalkout
Activision Blizzard employees are staging a walkout in protest of the official handling of the
discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit
that the company is facing, and to call for an improvement in working conditions for employees, especially those from marginalized groups.
This action comes after an
open letter signed by over 2500 current and past Activision Blizzard employees
criticizing Activision's official statement on the lawsuit, following
numerous statements of support from employees on Twitter
. When asked if there are plans for further action if the walkout demands are not met, an anonymous source told Wowhead,
"We expect that leadership will be willing to work with us, but if they don't, we will continue to apply pressure through the various avenues we have to do so. We do not plan to stop demanding change in this area until we achieve it."
The walkout will take place on Wednesday, July 28. Below is the statement of intent that was sent to Wowhead directly.
Statement of Intent
Given last week's statements from Activision Blizzard, Inc. and their legal counsel regarding the DFEH lawsuit, as well as the subsequent internal statement from Frances Townsend, and the many stories shared by current and former employees of Activision Blizzard since, we believe that our values as employees are not being accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership.
As current Activision Blizzard employees, we are holding a walkout to call on the executive leadership team to work with us on the following demands, in order to improve conditions for employees at the company, especially women, and in particular women of color and transgender women, nonbinary people, and other marginalized groups.
An end to mandatory arbitration clauses in all employee contracts, current and future. Arbitration clauses protect abusers and limit the ability of victims to seek restitution.
The adoption of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and promotion policies designed to improve representation among employees at all levels, agreed upon by employees in a company-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion organization. Current practices have led to women, in particular women of color and transgender women, nonbinary people, and other marginalized groups that are vulnerable to gender discrimination not being hired fairly for new roles when compared to men.
Publication of data on relative compensation (including equity grants and profit sharing), promotion rates, and salary ranges for employees of all genders and ethnicities at the company. Current practices have led to aforementioned groups not being paid or promoted fairly.
Empower a company-wide Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion task force to hire a third party to audit ABK's reporting structure, HR department, and executive staff. It is imperative to identify how current systems have failed to prevent employee harassment, and to propose new solutions to address these issues.
The employees have also provided us with ways in which the community can help. Those who wish to show support can make a donation to charity. They can also signal boost by using the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout, and by using the blue heart emoji.
We thank our community for standing with us on this. Please feel free to signal boost the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout, and by using the blue heart emoji. We would also encourage anyone who wants to stand in solidarity with us to donate to one of the following charities.
Black Girls CODE
Futures without Violence
Girls Who Code
Women In Animation
Women in Games International
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