Group of workers call Activision settlement a ‘slap in the face’


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Following news that Activision Blizzard plans to set up shop The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint for just $ 18 million, union workers say it does not do enough to curb “bad corporate actors.”

Today the Campaign to organize digital employees, a project of the Communication workers of America union, issued a brief statement regarding plans proposed by Activision Blizzard to settle the EEOC lawsuit, the existence of which just revealed on Monday. In a tweet, the CODE-CWA called the payment “A slap in the face to the workers [who have] treated toxic working conditions for [years]. “

In a longer and more scathing subsequent responseCWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens said not only was the $ 18 million settlement “pennies” on Activision Blizzard’s $ 72 billion net worth, but the company didn’t had still not recognized how actively his actions had harmed his workers.

“Yesterday’s inadequate EEOC regulation made it clear that the thousands of Activision Blizzard workers who suffered years of toxic misconduct on the job on behalf of Activision Blizzard will not receive real justice,” he said. Steffens wrote in the tweeted statement.

Activision Blizzard is worth $ 72 billion – a settlement of $ 18 million is just pennies given the resources available to this cash-rich company. Worse yet, Activision Blizzard management does not recognize that their actions have harmed their workers, seeing the settlement as a very small price to pay for getting rid of a “distraction.”

Steffens went on to say the regulation did not punish “bad corporate actors” and called on the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Securities Commission to pay attention to that and “choose to really hold Activision Blizzard accountable” for the sake of its 10,000 employees.

ABbetterABK, a collective of Activision Blizzard and King Digital Entertainment workers who formed as a result of the lingering problems at those companies, retweeted the statements by Sara Steffens and CODE-CWA.

When attached for comment by Kotaku, a spokesperson for Activision Blizzard released a statement:

We have agreed on $ 18 million with the EEOC, which is an expert in this area.

The EEOC will conduct an independent assessment of each application received. Any employee who believes they have been the subject of harassment or retaliation should contact the EEOC. There will be several channels of communication providing information on how to make a complaint. We want the EEOC to know everyone who thinks they have experienced harassment or retaliation.

Activision Blizzard has been in hot water since the end of July, when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued the massive game publisher for discrimination and harassment, especially against women and people of color. Company executives have apologized, while some, including Blizzard President J. Allen Brack– went down or left. A second legal action, this one from investors, landed in Activision Blizzard’s lap in August, and the company has been doing damage control since then.

While the just-revealed EEOC lawsuit would be settled for just $ 18 million, Activision Blizzard still faces three others, and also takes care of the investigations carried out by the Security and Trade Commission and US Department of Justice.


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