Activision Blizzard to Pay $18 Million Harassment Settlement

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Activision Blizzard has reached a settlement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Since July of 2021, video game publisher and developer Activision Blizzard has been under intense scrutiny after they were hit by a lawsuit from the Californian Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The lawsuit alleged that the company had fostered an extremely toxic, “frat house” environment that was particularly hostile to minority and female employees, both of which were regularly subjected to discrimination and sexual harassment.

In September, Activision Blizzard inked a settlement deal with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, though its signing was delayed. Today, the signing has been approved by a California judge, which means Activision Blizzard will be paying an $18 million settlement to the EEOC. This money will be used to create a fund that victims of harassment can apply for assistance from. Additionally, any Activision Blizzard employees in supervisory positions will be required to attend harassment and discrimination training sessions, and the company must offer expanded mental health resources. The DFEH intends to appeal this ruling on the grounds that the settlement will harm their case against Activision Blizzard.

“The agreement we reached with the EEOC last year reflected our unwavering commitment to ensure a safe and equitable working environment for all employees,” Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a press release. “Our goal is to make Activision Blizzard a model for the industry, and we will continue to focus on eliminating harassment and discrimination from our workplace. The court’s approval of this settlement is an important step in ensuring that our employees have mechanisms for recourse if they experienced any form of harassment or retaliation.”

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