Group fighting for better gender parity
A group of current and former Activision Blizzard employees have formed a new committee to address sexism, inequality, and gender bias within studio walls. The anti-discrimination committee currently consists of 12 members and has drafted a list of demands for Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, diversity manager Kristen Hines and human resources director Julie Hodges.
As reported by the Washington Post, the four-page document calls for private breastfeeding support, 12 weeks of paid parental leave and the implementation of independent investigations into employee complaints and incidents. The latter of these is likely a response to Activision’s recent decision to create its own “Workplace Accountability Committee,” an internal investigative body that includes some of the company’s board members. ‘business.
In addition, the new group calls for the establishment of a trans support network for all Activision Blizzard transgender staff and asks Activision to stay true to its promise to waive mandatory arbitration in all cases of alleged discrimination (Blizzard says it previously implemented in October 2021). For the sake of further clarity, the committee wants Activision to allow its employees full documentation of any communication with the human resources team.
“My hope in joining the committee is that we don’t let the fervor die down until there is meaningful and lasting change,” said Blizzard Animated Graphic Designer Emily Knief. “At the end of the day, I’d like to go to work and not have to think about anything other than my job. But based on everything that happened, even long before it made headlines newspapers, this occupied a significant part of my day, having to think about the inaction of the leaders.
Activision Blizzard responded to the new committee’s requests in a statement to The Washington Post.
“We appreciate that these employees want to join us in building a better Activision Blizzard and continuing the progress we have already made,” Activision Blizzard spokeswoman Jessica Taylor wrote. “We have, for example, already upgraded our lactation facilities, waived arbitration, hired new DEI and EEO leaders, and worked with employees to make our policies and processes more inclusive Trans, to name a few issues raised by the letter.
While one would assume that some of the above requirements would have been standard practice within such a massive, billion-dollar global organization, there is clearly much work to be done to improve security, public safety and mental well-being. industry employees.
You can find an abbreviated timeline of the controversy, investigation, and Activision Blizzard’s response here.