This week, Activision Blizzard employees, with the support of the National Labor Group, filed a lawsuit against the company for intimidating unions. The move comes after Activision Blizzard was sued over the summer over "boy" culture. The company also appears to have hired two senior executives in response to the situation.
Communications Workers of America (CWA) filed a complaint in support of Activision Blizzard employees. The CWA released a statement claiming that since filing the complaint, Activision Blizzard has been closely monitoring its employees and restricting their contact with each other and on social media.
"The employer threatened employees that they could not talk or talk about wages, working hours, and working conditions." Social media policies imposed against employees participating in coordinated protected activities; threatening or disciplining employees for protected, coordinated activities; Supervising employees involved in coordinated protected activities and employee questioning In July, the California Department of Labor and Fair Housing sued Activision Blizzard for hosting a culture of widespread discrimination and sexual harassment of employees. The company denied the allegations, which were met with criticism from across the gaming industry. The staff quickly walked over. >
The head of Blizzard left the company in August, and game developers, including the future director of Diablo IV, followed soon after. Activision Blizzard games have also lost support from companies such as T-Mobile, Astro and the US Army. He is now suing temporary workers as well as full-time employees who have been harassed. The California Department of Housing and Employment has charged Activision Blizzard human resources employees with shredding documents and forcing employees to sign nondisclosure agreements that prevent them from speaking to the DFEH without going through Activision Blizzard for the first time. Activision Blizzard denies document destruction allegations.
This week, Activision Blizzard announced the appointment of two new CEOs "to help the company create a more inclusive work environment as well as diversify and increase its revenue." The company's new CEO is Julie Hodges, a former senior vice president of human resources at Disney, compensation and benefits, and talent search. The new business director is Activision Blizzard Sandeep Dube, a former senior vice president of revenue management at Delta Airlines. Hodges and Dubai start at Activision Blizzard on September 21 and 27, respectively. "I can't think of a better person to join our team and help advance my ongoing commitment to an inclusive workplace," Activism Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotik said of Hodges. "Julie is an experienced leader who must ensure that we are the most inspiring, fair and like-minded entertainment company in the world." Create a growth-driven culture focused on the best customer experiences. The innovations he inspired created incredible customer loyalty.
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