Activision Blizzard EEOC Settlement Approved as More Women Report Harassment Allegations


More allegations of harassment were leveled against Activision Blizzard during a news conference yesterday, as Activision Blizzard won a court victory with a judge signing the consent decree that will secure the company’s proposed $18 million settlement with the U.S. Commission on Equal Opportunities ( Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) ( EEOC) to be completed.

Judge in the case, Dale Fischer, previously said she will almost certainly allow the settlement to go through and has stopped the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) from trying to stop it. While this decision is subject to appeal and the DFEH has continued its efforts, Fischer signed the settlement saying, “You have already filed an application. Your request is late. Talk to the 9th Circle”.

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reiterated previous commitments to do better in a press release on the EEOC agreement:

“Our goal is to make Activision Blizzard a model for the industry and we will remain focused on eliminating harassment and discrimination in our workplace. The court’s approval of this settlement is an important step in ensuring our employees have recourse if they experience harassment or retaliation.”

While the EEOC agreement appears to be on track as a win for the company, allegations and other ways the company is involved in legal issues regarding these matters remain.

Yesterday, the woman at the center of last week’s new lawsuit, accompanied by attorney Lisa Bloom and several other women, came forward to speak about her experience. Christine, the employee who filed her lawsuit last week, along with three others, made retaliatory allegations of sexual harassment, assault, abuse and career obstruction.

According to a dot.LA report, Bloom represents eight different women, and each of them will ultimately file an individual lawsuit. Bloom is also calling for Kotick to be fired for cause, forcing Activision Blizzard to end mandatory arbitration clauses and for an independent third-party investigation.

The EEOC Settlement, if there is no change in appeal, will be an opt-in settlement in which those who choose to file a claim waive their right to be part of the pending lawsuit, the last Sommer was submitted by the Californian DFEH. If someone files a lawsuit but the case contains allegations not covered by the EEOC Agreement, those can still be carried out under the California lawsuit while the rest that are covered would be waived. Activision Blizzard EEOC Settlement Approved as More Women Report Harassment Allegations

Fry Electronics Team

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