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Bungie Removes Controversial Employee Contract Clause As It Promises to Improve Workplace Diversity

Bungie has revealed a weblog from the corporate’s CEO Pete Parsons outlining steps the Destiny 2 developer is taking to enhance Diversity & Inclusion on the office, together with eradicating a controversial worker contract clause.

In a prolonged blog post, Parsons mentioned how Bungie has reacted to current months the place corporations like Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft grapple with the fallout of gender discrimination and sexual harassment on the office.

As a part of Bungie’s promise to proceed bettering its office tradition, Parsons introduced that it’s “eliminating the obligatory arbitration clause” in all the worker agreements.

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Mandatory arbitration is an settlement the place staff settle disputes with their employers privately as an alternative of within the courtroom system. Forced arbitration clauses forestall staff from suing employers by the authorized system and might maintain particulars of their grievances from turning into public.

The compelled arbitration clause is in place at a few of the greatest studios and has been a flashpoint in recent times as corporations like Ubisoft, Riot, and Activision Blizzard face unrest over office tradition.

When Riot employees walked out in 2019, one of many huge worker calls for was that Riot drops the arbitration clause from worker contracts. And whereas Riot introduced new staff won’t have the arbitration clause of their worker agreements, present staff would have to maintain the clause till Riot’s energetic litigation over sexual discrimination is over.

Similarly, Activision Blizzard staff have additionally demanded an finish to compelled arbitration after they walked out earlier this 12 months following the lawsuit from the State of California over gender discrimination and harassment.

Bungie’s choice to take away this unpopular clause suggests corporations not presently embroiled in a scandal are wanting on the panorama in efforts to enhance their workplaces. Bungie additionally introduced it has employed a Chief People Officer, a D&I Director, and arrange nameless channels for workers to inform leaders about problematic habits at Bungie.

Meanwhile, Activision Blizzard introduced that it has settled one of its lawsuits, one filed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, for $18 million. However, Activision Blizzard continues to be coping with the fallout of the lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can attain him @lawoftd.

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