- Activision Blizzard reaches agreement with EEOC, agrees to create an $18 million fund to settle claims
- The company will also update its practices, policies and training to eradicate workplace discrimination and harassment
- Bobby Kotick, CEO at Activision said that the company is committed to eliminating workplace harassment
To settle a harassment and workplace discrimination lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Activision Blizzard will create an $18 million fund. Besides the fund, the company vowed to update its policies and practices to eliminate workplace harassment and discrimination. The gaming giant will also appoint a third-party consultant that will help with the process.
Activision Blizzard Creates $18M Fund to Settle Claims, Compensate Claimants
Activision Blizzard announced on Monday this week that it reached an agreement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Under the agreement, which is subject to court approval, the company will create an $18 million fund to settle claims, compensate and make amends to eligible claimants. Additionally, the company has a goal to strengthen policies and programs to prevent harassment and discrimination at the workplace.
Activision revealed that any unused amounts from the $18 million fund would be directed to organizations that promote awareness regarding harassment and gender equality as well as charities that help women advance within the video game industry. Moreover, the gaming giant announced that it will develop software tools and training programs to “improve workplace policies and practices for employers across the technology industry.”
Training Programs, Third-Party Consultant to Help Activision
Besides the $18 million fund, Activision vowed to update its training programs, practices and policies to eliminate discrimination and harassment in its workplaces. Those practices will include “implementing an expanded performance review system with a new equal opportunity focus,” explained the company. Last but not least, Activision outlined that to ensure compliance with the new policies as well as oversight it will appoint a third-party equal opportunity consultant. The consultant will regularly report to the company's Board of Directors and EEOC.
The announcement comes after The New York Times unveiled recently that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the gaming giant. The lawsuit alleges workplace discrimination toward female employees, as well as sexual harassment. The complaint was reportedly filed after the Commission has conducted nearly a three-year investigation.
The Company Vowed to Eradicate Discrimination and Harassment at the Workplace
Activision's CEO, Bobby Kotick, commented on the topic by saying that there is no place for discrimination, harassment or unfair treatment within the company. He outlined that he is grateful to the employees who had the bravery to share those experiences.
“There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences.” Bobby Kotick, CEO at Activision Blizzard
Kotick apologized that anyone has experienced inappropriate conduct. He stressed that Activision will remain vigilant and committed to eliminating harassment and discrimination at the workplace. In conclusion, Kotick thanked the EEOC for the “constructive engagement” and vowed that the company remains committed to eradicating inappropriate conduct in the workplace.