Activision Blizzard has announced it’ll pay an $18 million USD settlement in a new lawsuit brought about by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The EEOC is the latest in a growing line of federal agencies suing the company for mistreatment of its employees including allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. The EEOC moved to file its lawsuit last night, and just a few hours later, Activision Blizzard announced via press release the two parties had reached a settlement.
As per the terms of the settlement, the company “has committed to create an $18 million fund to compensate and make amends to eligible claimants.” “Any amounts not used for claimants will be divided between charities that advance women in the video game industry or promote awareness around harassment and gender equality issues as well as company diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, as approved by the EEOC”. The company further committed to an initiative to develop “software tools and training programs” for other technology employers.
Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick—who himself will earn $155 million alone in 2021 according to Eurogamer—also added a statement. “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,” he said. “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.”
It’s the latest lawsuit Activision Blizzard has been fighting regarding accusations of a toxic workplace in recent months. Just last week, it was revealed the company was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. And of course, back in July the company was sued by the State of California over alleged reports of the widespread harassment of women.