Activision Blizzard Workplace Update; SEC Investigation Confirmed

Embroiled in a California Labor Lawsuit and a just-revealed SEC investigation into workplace harassment allegations, Activision Blizzard provides an update on workplace conditions at the company. On what may or may not be a related note, a LinkedIn post from Claire Hart also announces her resignation as Chief Legal Officer at Blizzard (thanks PC Gamer). The press release from Activision Blizzard includes a direct confirmation of the SEC probe: "It also confirmed that it is complying with a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoena issued to the Company and several current and former employees and executives regarding disclosures on employment matters and related issues. The Company is confident in its prior disclosures and is cooperating with the SEC’s investigation." The press release includes comments from Bobby Kotick on the company's commitment towards inclusivity and what he describes as cooperation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing who have inspired this new approach. Word is the Human Resources department took a lot of the bullets on this one:
Activision Blizzard has made a number of important improvements including significant changes to personnel, exiting a number of employees, and expanding compliance resources. In addition, the Company has refreshed its HR organization and, this week, will welcome a new Chief People Officer, Julie Hodges, who joins the Company from The Walt Disney Company. The Company has also expanded training, performance management, and anti-harassment resources.

The Company remains committed to ensuring it is the most welcoming, inclusive game company and connecting and engaging its 400 million players through epic entertainment created by the very best people in the industry.