Jason Schreier reports that nearly 1,000 current and former Activision Blizzard
staff have signed onto a letter to management decrying the company's response to
culture of abuse "abhorrent and insulting." Here is the body of the letter from
the story on Bloomberg
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.