In the undoubtedly wonderful world of the great leaders of this world, many problems are settled with sweeping checks, and thank you, ladies and gentlemen. In reality, it’s more complicated, as Activision Blizzard is learning today.
If silence is golden, it cannot always be bought: following the investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing which could lead one of the largest publishers in the industry to the courts to respond to accusations of sexism and internal harassment, a compensation fund of $ 18 million had been proposed, just to cut short the controversy. It was without counting on the intervention of a union, which intends to bring the matter to a close.
C.W.A. and the Posse
The Communications Workers of America (CWA), which claims some 700,000 members in the communications sector, denounced the $ 18 million maneuver of Activision Blizzard by sending the California authorities a formal objection. The ten pages available here express “the concerns” of the union, which opposes 31 complaints to the publisher’s proposal.
Among the grievances retained, the CWA considers that the proposed sum is very much below what the employees concerned could hope to receive if the matter goes to the end:
The $ 18 million settlement seems woefully insufficient. It corresponds to the maximum compensation that 60 employees would receive. If a large number of employees received the maximum If a large number of employees received the maximum allowed by law, there would not be much left for the others. We are concerned about how the Commission for Equal Access to Employment arrived at this figure.
In the “beware of the roundabout” category, the union ensures that Activision Blizzard does not take advantage of this agreement to protect itself in advance from other potential complaints:
The consent decree provides that employees who receive compensation will be required to
sign a waiver or release. Please provide us with a copy of this disclaimer so that
we can ensure that it is limited to the specific allegations of the complaint.
Among other points raised, the CWA is questioning the Court on the selection criteria that would allow Activision Blizzard employees to be compensated, or the “inappropriate” hourly rate of $ 450 per hour for consulting a specialized lawyer. And because the union founded in 1947 is not a priori a partridge of the year, the document stresses that the “two hours of training” offered to the so-called human resources departments is of the same ilk. CQFD.
While waiting to discover the answers of the Court to the requests of the CWA, let us recall that to hope to receive part of the 18 million dollars promised by Activision Blizzard, you must have worked on behalf of the publisher after September 1, 2016.
For his part, CEO Bobby Kotick must still appear before the Securities & Exchange Commission to prove that he had not concealed from shareholders the investigation that has been underway for several years within the group.