Activision Blizzard fires 20 employees, 20 more facing disciplinary action

In a statement Activision Blizzard Inc said, it had fired more than 20 employees following allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment at the workplace; 20 more individuals are also facing some forms of disciplinary action.

In a letter to employees, Activision said, its actions are based on internal reports across several years.

Activision also said, it would expand its ethics and compliance team in order to create a “more accountable workplace and culture” and is set to add 19 full-time roles in the company.

“Two of those roles will be specifically dedicated to overseeing investigations related to the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific) regions,” said the company.

It went on to add, employees can submit reports anonymously; it also reiterated that the company had zero tolerance for retaliation of any kind. Individuals violating its policies would be either fired or face disciplinary action.

In September, Activision Blizzard and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said, they had reached an agreement to settle claims over sexual harassment and discrimination in the company’s workplace.

Following an investigation, the EEOC found that the company had failed to take corrective and preventive measures on sexual harassment complaints, according to a filing in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California.

Last month, Activision said, it was continuing to work with regulators on addressing and resolving the workplace complaints it has received.

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