Events have taken a turn for the worse in the ongoing Activision Blizzard sexual harassment scandal following a new one from The Wall Street Journal.
The article claimed that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick knew about the fraternity culture but turned a blind eye. Kotick is also accused of scanning sexual harassment reports under the rug and even hiding information from the company’s board of directors, including information about an out-of-court settlement of an employee lawsuit. A man raped a female subordinate in 2018.
The Wall Street Journal proceeded to provide further evidence that Kotick was aware of workplace misconduct happening at the company, of which the CEO himself is alleged to be a party. “Mr. Kotick himself has been accused of abuse by several women both inside and outside the workplace, and in some cases he has attempted to resolve the complaints quickly and quietly, according to the reports. people familiar with the cases and documents reviewed by the Journal,” reads the article.
These cases include lawsuit filed by one of the flight attendants of Kotick for allegations of sexual harassment and wrongful termination, and another filed by a female assistant alleging that the CEO left her a voicemail threatening to kill her. Both lawsuits were settled out of court. Activision Blizzard acknowledged both allegations saying that Kotick deeply regrets his actions.
The magazine also claims that it was Kotick who wrote the controversial “false and untrue” employee email sent after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against her. their judgment. back in july.
“Kotick drafted an email he had another executive send to his employees [Fran Townsend’s] name denied the California allegations,” sources told the Journal. This is also the email that Kotick later called deafness of voice, which is basically throwing Townsend to the wolves.
The show also sheds light on why Jen Oneal stepped down just a few months after being named co-lead of Blizzard alongside Mike Ybarra. J. Allen Brack vacated this position. According to Oneal, she was also sexually harassed when she first started working for the company and was paid less than Ybarra.
“Next month, [Oneal] sent an email to a member of Activision’s legal team in which she stated a lack of confidence in Activision’s leadership to turn the culture around, saying ‘it’s clear that the company will never prioritize our people properly,’ the magazine said. “MS. Commenting on her resignation, Ms. Oneal, who is Asian-American and gay, wrote: “I have been belittled, marginalized and discriminated against.”
Oneal officially resigned earlier this month.
Activision Blizzard responded to the Wall Street Journal article with the following statement:
“We are disappointed by the Wall Street Journal report, which gives a misleading view of Activision Blizzard and our CEO. Cases of sexual misconduct that have been brought to his attention have been taken. The WSJ has overlooked the important changes that are being made to make it the most welcoming and inclusive workplace in the industry, and it does not depend on the efforts of thousands of employees who work hard. every day to live up to their – and our – values. The constant desire to be better has always set this company apart. That’s why, at the direction of Mr. Kotick, we’ve made significant improvements, including a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behaviour. And that is why we are moving forward with unwavering focus, speed and resources to continue to increase diversity in our company and industry and ensure that every employee who comes feel valued, safe, respected and inspired. We won’t stop until we have the best place to work for our team.”
Meanwhile, shares of Activision Blizzard fell 15%, to nearly $12 per share, shortly after the company released its third-quarter 2021 earnings report. More on that here.
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