Activision Blizzard remains under fire as U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit on sexual harassment and gender discrimination against the company, one different than that from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the class action suit, but this time, the gaming giant was able to settle it with an $18 million fund in an agreement from both parties.
On top of the cases filed against Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for its frat boy culture in the workplace honing gender discrimination and sexual harassment, and by the shareholders for withholding the information on them and misinforming them of the status of the company, another lawsuit was filed by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In a press release from Activision Blizzard, they finally reached an agreement with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and created a n $18 million fund which would be used for compensation on the claimants, making amends to those who would be eligible to claim. If and when there would be a remainder, it would be dedicated to promotion and awareness on equality issues.
Such remaining amount would be distributed to charities which are focused on advancing women in the gaming industry or to those who promote awareness against workplace harassment and gender inequality, including company diversity and inclusion. The EEOC would be approving to which charities would these funds go to ensure that they are landing on the right hands.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick thanks EEOC for the constructive engagement as a response to their agreement in the lawsuit.
Activision Blizzard would still have to face the investigation of the SEC on the class action suit filed by their shareholders and the case against them by California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the one that started all these proceedings against the gaming giant.