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Blizzard is encouraging its own employees to attend Wednesday’s walkout with paid time off


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On Wednesday, Activision Blizzard employees will walk out of work to protest the company’s response to a giant sexual harassment and workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by the state of California. Now Blizzard, the studio at the center of many of those specific allegations, is giving the protest its blessing. Blizzard leadership emailed studio employees today to let them know they won’t face repercussions for attending — and in fact, that they can have paid time off for the duration.

The Verge obtained a copy of the email, which we aren’t sharing here to avoid potentially identifying sources. After nearly 20 percent of Google walked out of work in 2018 to protest that company’s mishandling of sexual harassment revelations (among...

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