Nearly a thousand (former) employees of the American Game publisher Activision Blizzard support the lawsuit against the company regarding discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.
They have signed a letter calling the company’s response to the case “disgusting” and “offensive”, writes Bloomberg news agency, which owns the letter. At the end of last year, the company employed 9,500 people.
The lawsuit was filed last week by the state of California over sexism and sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard, publisher of well-known games such as call of Duty and World of Warcraft. A supervisor spent two years investigating the abuses.
The indictment states, among other things, that women are paid less than men at the company and that there is a macho culture within the organization. Managers also allegedly harassed women.
A female employee is said to have committed suicide after having a sexual relationship with a supervisor. She is said to have done so on a business trip after male colleagues shared nude photos of her.
In a response, executive Frances Townsend called the allegations “factually false, old and taken out of context”. The company allegedly tried to pay employees as fairly as possible and encouraged openness and diversity. Also, the reference to the suicide was not fair.
In the letter, about a thousand (former) employees now strongly criticize the conduct of the Activision Blizzard leadership. “Our company’s executives claim that steps are being taken to protect us, but given the lawsuit and the subsequent worrying official response, we are not confident that our leaders will put the interest of our safety above their own self-interest.”