Activision Blizzard is currently facing multiple lawsuits against the company related to widespread sexual misconduct.
It now appears that at least one of the trials is nearing completion, with an $18 million settlement awaiting approval by US District Judge Dale Fischer. This specifically relates to the lawsuit filed by the United States Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and is separate from another lawsuit brought by the California Department of Equal Employment and Housing.
The $18 million will go toward compensating eligible claimants, with the publisher pledged to continually improve policies, practices and training to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Activision Blizzard will also work with an EEOC-approved external equal opportunity consultant.
Current CEO Bobby Kotick had the following to say about the settlement:
“The agreement we reached with the EEOC last year reflects our unwavering commitment to ensuring a safe and equitable work environment for all employees. 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 that our employees have a remedy if they experience any form of harassment or retaliation. We are pleased that the federal court, which reviewed our settlement with the EEOC, found it “fair, reasonable, reasonable and in the public interest.”
The court’s approval is an important step in our journey to ensure everyone at Activision Blizzard always feels safe, heard, and empowered. We hope that the court’s findings – including its finding that many of the objections to our settlement were inaccurate and speculative – will clear up any confusion that may exist. After all terms of the settlement have been reviewed and approved, we can proceed.”
Activision Blizzard has yet to settle a series of lawsuits, most recently by attorney Lisa Bloom on behalf of a current employee named “Jane Doe.”
The publisher is also in the midst of an acquisition from Microsoft, which all reports say is likely to go through all the necessary approvals. It is speculated that current Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will step down once the acquisition is complete, and he has previously told publisher executives that he is ready to step down if ongoing issues are not resolved “quickly.” will.
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/03/activision-blizzard-reaches-usd18-million-settlement-for-sexual-harassment-lawsuit Activision Blizzard Reaches $18M Settlement for Sexual Harassment Lawsuit