Activision told employees to think positively about sexual assault, says Report
The investigation into Activision’s office is generating disturbing stories. The Wall Street Journal reported that a supervisor had sexually assaulted an employee and was told by human-resources staff to be “more positive”.
Activision claims that the ” pervasive, frat boy workplace culture” is rife with racism, lower starting salaries for women in the same job as men, and drunken “cube crawls” during which men tried to flirt with women while working.
California sued to claim that women were not promoted if they became pregnant. Mothers were also chastised for leaving work to pick up their children. And, shockingly, the lactation rooms were removed so that men could use the space for meetings.
According to the Wall Street Journal podcast’s latest episode, Kirsten Grind has added to the allegations made in the article about CEO Bobby Kotick.
Sledgehammer Games employees were attacked by their supervisors in 2016 and 2017. She had been “pressured” to drink too much alcohol at work events and she filed a police complaint.
Grind stated that HR told her to change the way she viewed the situation to make it more positive, after she was sexually assaulted under her supervisor. “The lawyer said that the female employee complained after she was raped, and was dismissed.
Activision settled the case outside of court after receiving the email from the lawyer for the employee. Kotick did not notify the board of directors about the events or the settlement. The CEO is currently under investigation to determine if he knew about the allegations in the lawsuits. He must also hand over any documents and emails that may contain evidence.
“Mr. Helaine Klasky, spokesperson for Activision Blizzard said that Kotick would have not been informed about every misconduct report at Activision Blizzard companies. He would also not have been expected to be updated on all personnel matters. In an internal video, Kotick also lamented the Wall Street Journal article, saying that “anyone who doubts me conviction to be the most welcoming workplace in the world doesn’t really understand how important this to me.”
Over a thousand employees called for Kotick’s resignation via this petition.