Blizzard’s first female co-head wasn’t offered equal pay until she quit

Dealing with a claim for gender discrimination brought by the California Department of Fair Work and Real Estate, Activision Blizzard changed its president J. Allen Brack with 2 co-leaders, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra. Blizzard’s statement of Oneal and Ybarra’s brand-new functions provided them as equates to, however that obviously did not encompass their incomes.

A simple 3 months after accepting her brand-new position, Jen Oneal left Blizzard, and this previous week, more reporting has actually painted an image regarding why. According to a Wall Street Journal report released on Tuesday, Oneal sent out an e-mail to the business’s legal group a month after accepting her brand-new function as co-leader; because message, she revealed an absence of faith in management, stating “it was clear that the company would never prioritize our people the right way.” The Wall Street Journal’s report likewise kept in mind that Ybarra was paid more than Oneal, in spite of both functioning as co-leaders.

Additional reporting from IGN on Wednesday sheds more light on the pay variation in between the 2 co-leaders. The post estimates from the Activision Blizzard Slack channel for workers, where Ybarra obviously explained the scenario to his associates as follows:

“Jen and I shared with management that we wanted to be paid the same to co-lead Blizzard together. […] Jen and I were both on existing contracts. I ran [ & Online Products] and she ran [Vicarious Visions], so our pay was different. The first time both Jen and I were offered a new contract, it was the same across both of us for the new co-leader of Blizzard roles, so our compensation was going to be the same.”

Simply put, when Ybarra and Oneal got promoted into their co-leader positions, they did not get a raise right now; their pay stayed the very same initially. Since Ybarra was already paid more than Oneal, he continued to receive more money after accepting the promotion.

IGN’s report also estimates Slack logs in which Oneal obviously asserted that she did not want to engage “in a debate” with her colleagues about the scenario. She further clarified that she was eventually offered pay equity with Ybarra — but this payment contract was only extended to her after she had informed the company that she was quitting. In her words: “While the company informed me before I tendered my resignation that they were working on a new proposal, we were made equivalent offers only after I tendered that resignation.”

Oneal will remain at Activision Blizzard until the end of the year, and according to IGN, she informed her associates that she intends to operate “in good faith” as a co-leader with Ybarra until the conclusion of her time at the business.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.