The $18 million settlement between Activision Blizzard and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the United States has been approved by a judge (EEOC) for the sexual harassment case. The two organisations announced their agreement in September, but state officials in California intervened and is now getting them to sign it.
In July, a harassment lawsuit was filed by the California Department of Fair Employment, and Housing against Activision Blizzard claimed that the firm fostered a “constant sexual harassment” culture. Victims who have been harassed or discriminated against by Activision Blizzard will receive compensation from the $18 million settlement fund established as part of the consent decree. A claim for “pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, or related retaliation” can be made by any employee who worked for the corporation between September 1, 2016, and Tuesday, March 29, 2019.
All “supervisory personnel” at Activision Blizzard will be required to attend harassment and discrimination training, and the company plans to increase access to mental health resources for staff. Judge Dale Fischer approved the ruling on Tuesday, and it will remain in place for three years.
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) argued that the consent decree could hinder its current lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, so it tried to intervene. The requests included one to suspend proceedings, which Judge Fischer rejected. The DFEH made it clear that it intends to challenge the consent decree during a hearing on Tuesday.
In a press release, CEO Bobby Kotick of Activision Blizzard claimed that their agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reflected their unshakable commitment to a safe and equitable working environment for all. In order to make Activision Blizzard a role model for the industry, they will remain focused on eliminating harassment and discrimination in their workplace. He added that their employees would have recourse if they have been subjected to any type of harassment or retribution as a result of the court’s approval of the settlement.