Activision Blizzard to Settle $18 Million Sexual Harassment Lawsuit | Pocket Gamer.biz
Activision Blizzard has reached an $18 million settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that will be approved by US federal courts.
Once approved, Activision Blizzard said that in addition to creating an $18 million fund that will compensate eligible claimants, it will improve its harassment prevention policies and training. The company will also put in place an expanded performance appraisal system.
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, said, “Our goal is to make Activision Blizzard a model for the industry, and we will continue to focus on eliminating harassment and discrimination in our workplace. Court approval of this settlement is an important step in ensuring that our employees have recourse mechanisms if they experience any form of harassment or retaliation.”
With a background in gender-based discrimination and harassment, Stacy Jackson became an internal EEO coordinator at Activision Blizzard on March 16 to drive improvements across the business. A third-party equal employment opportunity consultant must also provide ongoing monitoring of compliance with the agreement.
Additionally, a new tool has already been launched to track every job application, interview and hire across the company with data on female representation as well as ethnicity.
Kotick continued, “The Court’s approval is an essential step in our journey to ensure that everyone at Activision Blizzard always feels safe, heard and empowered. We hope the Court’s findings – including its point view that many of the objections raised about our settlement were inaccurate and speculative – will clear up any confusion that may exist.With all of the terms of the settlement reviewed and approved, we can move forward.
Federal court approval would end one of many lawsuits related to discrimination and sexual harassment, but others, like an allegation of “unwanted sexual harassment” that led to an employee’s suicide, are still standing. In progress.