Activision Blizzard has settled the lawsuit filed earlier as we speak by the U.S. Equal Alternative Fee [EEOC]. In a release, Activision Blizzard promised to create an $18 million fund to compensate workers affected by discrimination and harassment. It additionally intends to improve its insurance policies and practices to “prevent and eliminate harassment and discrimination” within the office, in addition to to overtake its efficiency evaluation system.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick known as the settlement “constructive” and promised to “be vigilant” in opposition to harassment. “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. I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world’s most inclusive, respected, and respectful workplaces.”
The deal will see a third-party equal advisor evaluation Activision Blizzard’s new initiatives. Within the meantime, any cash not given as compensation will likely be divided between charities that “advance women in the video game industry” or “promote awareness around harassment and gender quality” as authorized by the EEOC.
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Activision Blizzard is being sued by one more authorities company. This time it is the U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee [EEOC], which capped off a three-year investigation by submitting a lawsuit earlier as we speak.
The EEOC joins the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in accusing Activision Blizzard of a culture of harassment and discrimination. It alleges that feminine workers had been harassed, paid much less, and retaliated in opposition to for complaining.
Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Timeline: The Story So Far
The lawsuit calls for that Activision Blizzard compensate affected workers with again pay and damages. It additionally says that Activision Blizzard should “institute and carry out policies, practices, and programs to ensure equal employment opportunities, and which eradicate the effects of its past and present unlawful employment practices.” You may read the full complaint here.
In reporting on the lawsuit, Wired reporter Cecilia D’Anastasio highlighted an investor launch from final week wherein Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick stated he “continues to productively engage with regulators” together with the EEOC. The EEOC was stated to be considering a settlement with Activision Blizzard, however seemingly determined to go forward with the lawsuit in any case.
— Cecilia D’Anastasio (@cecianasta) September 27, 2021
Activision Blizzard was first rocked by allegations of harassment and discrimination again in July. It was adopted by quite a few tales from workers, some of which were reported on IGN, in addition to an worker walkout and the departure of Blizzard president J. Allen Brack. You can read the full timeline here.
The lawsuits and allegations have exacerbated the outflow of talent from Activision Blizzard, which has been ongoing for a number of years now. Blizzard’s Chief Authorized Officer departed the corporate simply final week. With the Securities and Change Fee additionally getting concerned, it appears unlikely that Blizzard’s woes will finish any time quickly.
Kat Bailey is a Senior Information Editor at IGN.