A new report from Activision Blizzard claimed that there was “no widespread harassment or systemic harassment” at the company.
In response to multiple lawsuits against the company, Activision Blizzard conducted its own investigation and released the results.
“Contrary to numerous allegations, the Board of Directors and its outside advisors have determined that there is no evidence to suggest that Activision Blizzard senior executives have ever intentionally ignored or attempted to downplay instances of gender-based harassment that occurred and were reported,” reads the report. .
“While there are documented cases of gender-based harassment, these unfortunate circumstances do not support the conclusion that Activision’s senior management or Board of Directors knew about and condoned the gender-based harassment or that there was already a systemic problem of harassment, discrimination or retaliation.”
Additionally, Activision Blizzard has hired former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairman Gilbert Casellas to conduct a review.
“Based on his review, Mr. Casellas has concluded that there is no widespread harassment, pattern or practice of harassment, or systemic harassment at Activision Blizzard or any of its business units. [between 1st September 2016 and 31st December 2021]. Mr. Casellas further concluded that, based on the volume of reports, the number of misconducts reflected is relatively low for a company the size of Activision Blizzard,” the report read.
He then lists a number of reforms across the company, including forming a centralized ethics and compliance team, tripling investment in anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training resources, launching a new zero-tolerance, company-wide harassment policy and the implementation of new policies, among others.
“We recognize that none of these improvements can change the past for those who have experienced inappropriate workplace conduct,” the report read. “Over the years, the company has appropriately disciplined and terminated its employees to ensure our practices align with our policies. There is simply no place at Activision Blizzard for anyone who does not practice our value. of providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace that serves as a model for our industry.”
The report also notes how Activision Blizzard “has been subjected to a relentless barrage of media criticism that attempts to paint the entire company (and many innocent employees) with the stain of a very small part of our population of employees who behaved badly and were disciplined for it”.
For this, he blames the DFEH’s “highly inflammatory and made-for-the-press allegations”.
The DFEH was behind the original lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard over its alleged “brotherhood culture” – a lawsuit that is still ongoing.
A second lawsuit filed by the EEOC was resolved in March with an $18 million settlement.