Over 2,600 employees, past and present, have signed a letter in support of the lawsuit.
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On Wednesday, July 28, Activision Blizzard employees will stop work and stage a walkout. This walkout is being done in protest of the disgusting response from company leadership to a lawsuit filed against them that highlights the sexual harassment, inequality, and discrimination within all levels of the company.

The lawsuit was filed on July 22 by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The suit talks about a frat boy like culture within the company that allowed for gender-based discrimination and near constant sexual harassment. The lawsuit was filed after a two-year long investigation by the state of California.

In response to the lawsuit, Activision Blizzard called the details contained within the suit "distorted" and "false." This response, among others from Activision Blizzard management, did not go over well with employees of the company.

Over 2,600 current and former Activision Blizzard employees signed an open letter in support of the lawsuit. The letter says that employees do not trust leadership to "hold abusers accountable for their actions." They continue on to say that official statements "damaged our ongoing quest for equality inside and outside of our industry."

Employees are now also going to st5age a walkout, both in person and online, in protest of the official response by Activision Blizzard executives. The employees also have a list of demands including a call 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."

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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.
This walkout will take place from 10AM to 2PM (PT) at the main gate of the Blizzard campus. The virtual walkout will take place on the same day from 9AM to 6PM (PT) where employees will share the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout on social media accounts.