2000+ Activision Blizzard Staffers File Petition to Management Over California DFEH Lawsuit
Following almost a full week’s worth of outcry on social media in the wake of the State of California’s DFEH lawsuit against Activision Blizzard’s rampant “frat boy” culture, a petition has been spun up that’s garnered over 2,000 signatures consisting of current and former employees of Activision Blizzard.
In the letter, the signees demand that the company issue a new statement on the seriousness of these accusations, as well as concrete steps for what will be done next. Additionally, the signees call for the resignation of “Frances Townsend to stand by her word to step down as Executive Sponsor of the ABK Employee Women’s Network as a result of the damaging nature of her statement.”
Lastly, the petition signees are seeking reform in that Activision Blizzard should not be able to retaliate against whistleblowers internally, whether it be directly or indirectly, and that folks should feel safe to come forward with reports rather than creating a culture of fear as the DFEH lawsuit claims.
The Full Letter Signed by Over 2,000 Blizzard Staffers
The full letter, signed by 2,000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees, can be viewed below. It’s important to note that the number of signees is growing by the hour, and will quite likely be viewed as a ‘must-act’ by Acti-Blizz leadership. The original letter was published by Bloomberg, but is behind a paywall, and is thus transcribed below.
“To the Leaders of Activision Blizzard,
We, the undersigned, agree that the statements from Activision Blizzard, Inc. and their legal counsel regarding the DFEH lawsuit, as well as the subsequent internal statement from Frances Townsend, are abhorrent and insulting to all that we believe our company should stand for. To put it clearly and unequivocally, our values as employees are not accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership.
We believe these statements have damaged our ongoing quest for equality inside and outside of our industry. Categorizing the claims that have been made as “distorted, and in many cases false” creates a company atmosphere that disbelieves victims. It also casts doubt on our organizations’ ability to hold abusers accountable for their actions and foster a safe environment for victims to come forward in the future. These statements make it clear that our leadership is not putting our values first. Immediate corrections are needed from the highest level of our organization.
Our company executives have claimed that actions will be taken to protect us, but in the face of legal action — and the troubling official responses that followed — we no longer trust that our leaders will place employee safety above their own interests. To claim this is a “truly meritless and irresponsible lawsuit,” while seeing so many current and former employees speak out about their own experiences regarding harassment and abuse, is simply unacceptable.
We call for official statements that recognize the seriousness of these allegations and demonstrate compassion for victims of harassment and assault. We call on Frances Townsend to stand by her word to step down as Executive Sponsor of the ABK Employee Women’s Network as a result of the damaging nature of her statement. We call on the executive leadership team to work with us on new and meaningful efforts that ensure employees — as well as our community — have a safe place to speak out and come forward.
We stand with all our friends, teammates, and colleagues, as well as the members of our dedicated community, who have experienced mistreatment or harassment of any kind. We will not be silenced, we will not stand aside, and we will not give up until the company we love is a workplace we can all feel proud to be a part of again. We will be the change.”