In light of the recent claims against Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, stated that Kotick was aware of multiple sexual harassment within the company. In 2006 it was claimed that he threatened to have an assistant killed, and therefore, the ABK Alliance workers called for an employee walkout and issued a formal demand for Kotick’s removal.
ABetterABK tweeted that they have created their “own zero tolerance policy” and tat they will refuse to be silenced until “Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and continue to hold our original demand for third party review by an employee-chosen source.”
Following the of the lawsuit that was filed against Activision Blizzard, by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, lead to the forming of The ABK Workers Alliance. In response to the groups demands, Activision made a series of commitments. Some of these commitments include an end to mandatory arbitration in employee contracts, better compensation transparency and new policies which aim to represent, promote and improve diversity throughout the company.
In the wake of these latest allegations, attitudes have hardened a lot, however, Kotick does not seem ready to go down that easily just yet. Kotick issued a statement, in response to the Wallstreet Journal report, that claimed that the report was “inaccurate and misleading”, and to anyone that doubts his commitment to bring about change at Activision “doesn’t really appreciate how important this is to me.”
It appears that Kotick also has the Activision Blizzard board of directors on his side. They expressed their support for his leadership skills, stating that he “appropriately addressed workplace issues” that were brought to his attention.
This will be the second walkout staged by the ABK Workers Alliance allegations of sexual harassment and abuse began to circulate.
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