Activision Blizzard is dealing with a number of legal difficulties over allegations that its workplace culture is toxic. On Tuesday, the game publisher made a number of adjustments to its workplace environment, including dismissals for some workers.
Activision Blizzard fired 20 people to create a “more accountable workplace”
More than 20 individuals were let go and another group of more than 20 employees will be facing “other types of disciplinary action,” according to the company letter. Activision Blizzard said it was responding to investigations into claims of harassment, prejudice, or retaliation at the company.
The company said that it would increase its ethics and compliance crew as part of the news about terminated employees.
Fran Townsend, Activision Blizzard’s executive vice president for corporate affairs, stated that: “We are working tirelessly to ensure that, moving forward, this is a place where people are not only heard, but empowered.”
On Tuesday, Blizzard filed two court documents in its continuing legal battle with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
In September, Activision Blizzard has agreed to pay $18 million as part of a settlement in a case brought by a federal agency alleging discrimination and sexual misconduct. That’s just 0.5 percent of Activision Blizzard’s total revenue for 2020.