Activision Blizzard Settles Lawsuit From U.S. EEOC For $18 Million

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Activision Blizzard Settles Lawsuit From U.S. EEOC For  Million

Activision Blizzard has settled the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, agreeing to provide $18 million in compensation.

Editor’s Note: A lawsuit has been filed against Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which alleges the company has engaged in abuse, discrimination, and retaliation against its female employees. Activision Blizzard has denied the allegations. The full details of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit (content warning: rape, suicide, abuse, harassment) are being updated as new information becomes available.

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American video game publisher and developer Activision Blizzard has announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a sum of $18 million. The lawsuit was the culmination of a three-year investigation into the company by the EEOC, and is the second suit filed against the company by a government body.

This lawsuit is not to be confused with the one filed against Activision Blizzard in late July by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which is currently still ongoing. The DFEH sued Activision Blizzard after a two-year investigation into the company that alleges gender-based discrimination, unequal pay, and discrimination and harassment.

Activision Blizzard has agreed on a settlement with the EEOC, following the lawsuit filed by the commission on Monday. In a press statement released on Activision Blizzard’s investor website, the company committed $18 million to a fund aimed at compensating and “making amends” to those affected by discrimination and harassment. Any remaining funds would be donated equally to charities that will promote awareness around harassment, as well as other organizations that advocate for the advancement of women in the video game industry. These donations will be subject to the approval of the EEOC. Along with the monetary settlement, the company has stated it will be improving its training and policies in an attempt to “eliminate harassment and discrimination in its workplaces.” This will include expanding upon their current system for performance reviews to focus on equal opportunity.

Bobby Kotik, Activision Blizzard’s CEO, recently subpoenaed by SEC during a separate investigation into the company’s alleged misconduct, commented on the EEOC settlement, stating “There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences.” Kotik added that he would be “vigilant” in the company’s commitment to eliminating harassment and discrimination. As part of the settlement, Activision Blizzard will also appoint a third-party equal opportunity consultant, who will be tasked with reviewing the proposed changes to the company’s policies and regularly reporting to both its Board of Directors and the EEOC.

Although Activision Blizzard has quickly moved to settle this lawsuit filed by the EEOC, it is still the subject of several ongoing legal battles and investigations, including a lawsuit from the Communication Workers of America, on behalf of a coalition of its employees for unfair labor practices. There may be more settlements coming in the future, as Activision Blizzard faces several lawsuits from other private and government entities.

Source: Activision Blizzard

Carol is a Games Writer based in Melbourne, Australia. An avid gamer most of her life, she has a Bachelors Degree in Games Design. Her favourite games include The Witcher 3, The Mass Effect Trilogy, and Dragon Age. Aside from that, she loves cats, Daft Punk, and soup.

American video game publisher and developer Activision Blizzard has announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a sum of $18 million. The lawsuit was the culmination of a three-year investigation into the company by the EEOC, and is the second suit filed against the company by a government body.

This lawsuit is not to be confused with the one filed against Activision Blizzard in late July by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which is currently still ongoing. The DFEH sued Activision Blizzard after a two-year investigation into the company that alleges gender-based discrimination, unequal pay, and discrimination and harassment.

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