Activision Blizzard has been embroiled in a sexual harassment investigation for almost a year now and the company is cracking down on employees who come under fire for misconduct. As it stands, over 40 employees who are directly tied to the 700 reports of misconduct have left the company.
Wall Street Journal reports that Activision Blizzard has collected around 700 reports of employee concern over misconduct since July 2021. While most of the reports were over the same incidents, many of them were separate incidents too. A spokesperson for Activision Blizzard, Helaine Klasky confirmed that 37 people have “exited” the company and another 44 have been disciplined since the investigation kicked off last year.
Klasky claims that while Activision reported on 700 cases of misconduct, these included social media posts as well as internal discussions between staff. However, only a small number of these reports were serious and followed further investigation.
While reports claimed that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was aware of the sexual harassment taking place at the company, Klasky says these reports are untrue. She says that the company is looking into ways to focus its attention on accurate reporting.
Regardless of what Klasky says, the employees at Activision Blizzard still feel unconfident about CEO Bobby Kotick and have even signed a petition for him to resign. However, the board at the company said they “remain confident” in Kotick at the moment. Doesn’t seem like he is going anywhere. Klasky confirmed that the board supports him and his position will remain unchanged.