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Activision Blizzard fires more people in sexual harassment probe

Stock MarketsJan 17, 2022 07:36PM ET
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -Activision Blizzard Inc said on Monday it has fired or pushed out more than three dozen employees and disciplined another 40 since July to address allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct at the videogame company.

After completing reviews, "37 employees have exited the company and another 44 received written reprimands, formal warnings or other discipline," the company said, confirming a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The maker of the "Call of Duty" game said it was still working on an interim update and had not yet notified employees.

But Activision denied Chief Executive Bobby Kotick held back a summary of the information which had been scheduled for release "before the winter holidays," as the Journal reported.

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

More than 90% of the reviews launched in 2021 are done of a mix of statements ranging from general complaints that were not actionable or suggested misconduct to a small number of assertions that could be serious, the company said.

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

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

Whether a comment about culture, an incident or suggested improvements, every report the company receives matters, Activision said.

Activision said in October it had fired more than 20 employees following allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination at the workplace, with 20 more individuals facing other forms of disciplinary action.

Activision Blizzard fires more people in sexual harassment probe
 

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John Laurens
John Laurens Jan 17, 2022 9:09PM ET
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Guilty of WHAT EXACTLY? Allegations.. lol ~ mm maybe people wanting other people's jobs perhaps? Losing your job because someone else "says so" is pure fascism!
Chinsect Stomper
Chinsect Stomper Jan 17, 2022 8:58PM ET
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This is why games are so awful now. Hiring people that get offended is a mistake. They just lost some of their most productive people. I will be shorting this stock.
Max German
MaxiGE Jan 17, 2022 5:28PM ET
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they should fire their game fixing squad for literally not fixing all the vanguard bugs
Empire Destroyer
Empire Destroyer Jan 17, 2022 3:24PM ET
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Man these nerds programming games got game and courage now to do this stuff like this... who'd thought geeks turning into jocks
Stan Smith
Stan Smith Jan 17, 2022 2:55PM ET
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More nonsense to distract people from what's' going on in the markets. IE:   China lowers its interest rate for the 1st time in 2 years. Something is WRONG!!! and no story here?
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Stan Smith
Stan Smith Jan 17, 2022 2:55PM ET
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Tom Sc  Honestly, come out from under your rock...assuming you are on same planet as the rest of us
John Laurens
John Laurens Jan 17, 2022 2:55PM ET
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Tom Sc  umm literally EVERYTHING the CDC and WHO have told us about covid, masks etc. WE ALL KNEW IT too. That's what's so embarrassing for them now. When conservatives take back the house and senate next year, we WILL get to bottom of the lab leak "conspiracy theory" as well. Let's just see how many dems were actually VERY CLOSE to Epstein too.. another "conspiracy theory". Oh yeah, let's not forget the Russia Collusion / Clinton Dossier "conspiracy theory" that EVERYONE NOW KNOWS TO BE 100% factual. The list is long and getting longer. The fascist hypocrite dems can't stop the hemorrhaging now.. Good stuff!
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Tom Sc Jan 17, 2022 2:55PM ET
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there are too many of you nutjobs
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Jan 17, 2022 2:55PM ET
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Stan Smith speak for yourself lmfao
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John Laurens  Yep well said. Lets not forget lockdowns and forced vaccinations.. lol
 
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