Activision Blizzard fires more people in sexual harassment investigation

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O) said on Monday it has fired or expelled more than three dozen employees and disciplined 40 others since July for responding to allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct within the video game company. .

After completing the reviews, “37 employees left the company and another 44 received written reprimands, formal warnings or other disciplinary action,” the company said, confirming a Wall Street Journal report.

The creator of the “Call of Duty” game said it’s still working on an interim update and hasn’t notified employees yet.

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But Activision denied that Chief Executive Bobby Kotick withheld a summary of the information scheduled for release “before winter break,” as the Journal reported.

“An interim update for our employees is still being developed and the company remains committed to continuing to provide periodic updates on its progress,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.

The entrance to the Activision Blizzard Inc. campus is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

More than 90% of reviews launched in 2021 are made up of a mix of statements ranging from general complaints that weren’t likely to be actionable or suggested misconduct to a small number of claims that could be serious, a said the company.

Activision had collected about 700 reports of employee concerns about misconduct and other issues since July, when a California state agency filed a harassment complaint against the company, the Journal reported.

Activision disputed the number, but did not provide further context. “Although one case is one too many, there have not been 700 reports of misconduct,” a spokeswoman told Reuters.

Whether it’s a culture comment, an incident or suggested improvements, every report the company receives counts, Activision said.

Activision said in October it fired more than 20 employees over allegations of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, with another 20 facing other forms of disciplinary action. Read more

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Reporting by Herbert Lash Editing by Paul Simao and David Gregorio

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