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Activision Blizzard employees plan walkout over harrassment lawsuit

This move follows an open letter signed by nearly 1,000 employees past and present.

Activision Blizzard employees have planned a walkout for tomorrow in protest of the company’s leadership and following a lawsuit that alleges harrassment and discrimination.

This action follows an open letter penned towards leadership, signed by nearly 1,000 employees past and present.

A lawsuit filed by the Californian Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleges that female employees were subjected to a “pervasive frat boy workplace culture” which included events where male counterparts would “drink copious amounts of alcohol as they crawl their way through various cubicles in the office and often engage in inappropriate behavior toward female employees.”

According to GamesIndustry, employees will walkout of Blizzard’s Irvine, California-based campus between 10 am and 2 pm Pacific time, 28 July. A statement of demands calls for an end to mandatory arbitration clauses in employee contracts, an overhaul of company policies, an audit of leadership and for Activision Blizzard to publish data on salary ranges for employees of all ethnicities and genders.

We’ll keep you informed as the situation progresses.


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