The committee has submitted a list of demands to Activision Blizzard.

activision blizzard employees demand anti-discrimination reform

A group of 12 Activision Blizzard employees have formed an anti-discrimination committee to combat sex and gender discrimination at the company, following a wave of allegations against the company.

According to a new report from the Washington Post, the committee has gathered a list of demands which they submitted on May 24 to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, diversity officer Kristen Hines, and chief human resources officer Julie Hodges.

“My hope in joining the committee is that we don’t let the fervor die down until there is meaningful, long-lasting change,” said Emily Knief, a senior motion graphic designer at Blizzard. “At the end of the day, I would like to go into work and not have to think about anything but my work. But based on everything that has been happening, even well before it broke through the headlines, it has been taking up a sizable portion of my day, having to think about the inaction of leadership.”

The list, which spans four pages, demands that workers should be able to meet with the equal employment opportunity coordinator on diversity and inclusion initiatives–who was appointed as part of the federal sexual harassment settlement in September 2021–as well as end undocumented chats with human resources and a restriction on retaliation against employees who file disputes.

Activision Blizzard shared a long statement with GameSpot in which it addresses a number of issues raised by the committee. “We appreciate that these employees want to join with us to further build a better Activision Blizzard and continue the progress we have already made,” the spokesperson in a statement. “We have, for example, already upgraded our lactation facilities, waived arbitration, hired new DEI and EEO leaders, and collaborated with employees to make our policies and processes more Trans inclusive, just to name a few issues the letter raises.”

Regarding retaliation, the spokesperson said, “We have a strong policy prohibiting retaliation and act on any substantiated claims of retaliation. In October, the company shared that any Activision Blizzard employee found through our investigative processes to have retaliated against anyone for making a compliance complaint will be terminated immediately.”

The committee, amongst other things, also wants an end to mandatory arbitration in discrimination cases, along with the introduction of private lactation rooms after there were claims of breastmilk being stolen. Both of these demands have already been implemented according to an Activision Blizzard spokesperson, including locks being installed on fridges.

Additionally, the demands also include the creation of an employee trans network similar to how the company already has a women’s network in order to support employees before and after a transition. Software tools that wipe employees’ deadnames are also included in the list. Activision Blizzard noted that it attempts to use chosen names when not legally required to do otherwise, adding, “We have an LGBT+ network that includes trans employees in leadership roles. Within the group, there is a trans working group who have provided recommendations that have been implemented.”

Keyword: Activision Blizzard Employees Demand Anti-Discrimination Reform

TECH'S NEWS RELATED

Nintendo Releases First Super Mario Bros. Movie Trailer, Chris Pratt's Mario Sounds Just Like Chris Pratt

The Mario movie is expected to hit theaters on April 7, 2023.

View more: Nintendo Releases First Super Mario Bros. Movie Trailer, Chris Pratt's Mario Sounds Just Like Chris Pratt

Watch: Nintendo Direct: The Super Mario Bros. Movie - Live!

"Dance off Luigi, me and you!"

View more: Watch: Nintendo Direct: The Super Mario Bros. Movie - Live!

Blizzard says it's making progress with Overwatch 2's server woes

The developer is working to fix the persistent server problems.

View more: Blizzard says it's making progress with Overwatch 2's server woes

Bowser attacks in The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s first trailer

Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment finally gave us our first glimpse a the animated Mario movie, which is officially titled The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The trailer reveal came during New York Comic Con and got a special Nintendo Direct of its own. Check it out: Nintendo Direct: The Super ...

View more: Bowser attacks in The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s first trailer

Super Mario Movie Trailer: Chris Pratt's Mario Voice Finally Revealed

The movie is officially titled The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

View more: Super Mario Movie Trailer: Chris Pratt's Mario Voice Finally Revealed

Is Need for Speed Unbound Multiplayer?

Image via EA Need for Speed Unbound does support local and online multiplayer. Need for Speed: Unbound is rumored to feature separate single-player and multiplayer campaigns, so players can link up and progress through a unique story together. Throughout the campaign, you will be able to earn cash in ...

View more: Is Need for Speed Unbound Multiplayer?

Marvel Future Fight has surpassed 150 million downloads

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of Marvel games launch on mobile. Card battlers, match-3s, RPGs, open-world adventures, you name it. The franchise has all of them under its umbrella. But some have proven more successful than others, namely, Netmarble’s Marvel Future Fight. Over the years, Marvel Future ...

View more: Marvel Future Fight has surpassed 150 million downloads

Pokémon GO A Cosmic Companion – All Quest Steps & Rewards

A Cosmic Companion – All Quests & Rewards Quest 1/? (Available Thursday, September 1, 2022): Quest 2/? (Available Thursday, September 1, 2022): Quest 3/? (Available Thursday, September 1, 2022): Quest 4/? (Available Thursday, September 1, 2022): Quest 5/? (Available Wednesday, October 5, 2022): Quest 6/? (Available Wednesday, October 5, ...

View more: Pokémon GO A Cosmic Companion – All Quest Steps & Rewards

EGX 2022 – 25 Years of GoldenEye 007

Bethesda names new head of global publishing

Pick URF: League’s most popular game mode is back

When will Kiriko be available in ranked in Overwatch 2?

Dead Space remake will be 'native' on Steam, no Origin client required

The Minecraft mob vote isn't even open yet and it feels like there's a winner

Steam Deck reservations are no longer required, you can just order one

Apex Legends Mobile - Aftershow Seasonal Event Guide

Hokko Life: Homes and Houses Guide

Skyrim Cannot Be Stopped: It's Now Available In Yet Another Place, The Epic Games Store

Is Overwatch 2 working yet? – Updated Queue Times and Errors

The official Steam Deck dock is here so now it's a true Switch rival

OTHER TECH NEWS

;