Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Retains His Job Despite Harassment Allegations
Despite criticism for allegations of perpetuating Activision Blizzard’s toxic work culture, Bobby Kotick will retain his position on the board.
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SUN VALLEY, ID – July 10: Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Annual Conference on July 10, 2019 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
CEO for another year
Investors voted on a number of proposals at the video game creators’ annual meeting of shareholders, as well as who would sit on the board of directors for the coming year.
Kotick’s retention on the board was approved by 533,703,580 total shareholders, while 62,597,199 shareholders voted against.
This means that Kotick will maintain its position until the next rally in 2023, according to GameInformer.
Even though a majority of shareholders decided to keep Kotick on the board, they also accepted a proposal to publish an annual report outlining Activision’s policies for handling allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination based on sex.
This means the majority has agreed to detail Activision Blizzard’s efforts to end sexual misconduct and workplace issues.
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Problems against Kotick
Last year, Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout and demanded Kotick’s ouster after the Wall Street Journal reported that the chief executive knew about abuse at the company and even shielded accused employees. of harassment.
As noted by Engadget, the video game publisher was indicted last year by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for allegedly promoting a “frat boy” culture in the workplace.
The California agency’s two-year investigation found that Activision Blizzard paid its female employees less than its male colleagues and suffered sexual harassment.
Additionally, the New York City Employee’s Retirement System, which owns the company’s stock and represents the city’s police, firefighters and teachers, recently sued Kotick, saying he was unfit to negotiate the impending sale. from the company to Microsoft.
The organization said his “personal liability and responsibility for Activision’s broken workplace” makes him unqualified for the deal.
In April, the company appointed a new Head of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion to support the creation of a more inclusive work environment.
To address the concerns of Kotick and the new diversity director, a group of workers seeking to protect their co-workers from discrimination formed a committee and drafted several demands for them.
Activision Blizzard posted the results of its internal investigation on its investor website earlier this month. While acknowledging specific instances of harassment, the study said there was “no indication” that senior executives ignored the issue or withheld information from the board.
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