Activision Settles Lawsuit With US Government Agency
Activision Blizzard has been embroiled in controversy, allegations, and accusations for the past several months. Activision Blizzard has been mired in allegations, accusations, and controversy for the last three months. Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ended a three-year-old investigation by accusing Activision, among other things, of workplace inequality. This includes verbal abuse, harassment, wage gaps, and wage gaps.
In July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed the first of these lawsuits. Activision Blizzard was sued today by the EEOC. It demanded that Activision Blizzard pay back the employees who were affected by the inequalities and provide insurance that the company would “institute, practice, and program policies to ensure equal employment opportunities and eliminate the effects of its past or present illegal employment practices.”
The company responded quickly. Bobby Kotick (Activision Blizzard CEO) reached a settlement with the EEOC. He published a press release outlining the terms and promises of the agreement. Activision has agreed to revise its policies and training programs in order to fight sexual discrimination. It must also hire an equal opportunity specialist within the company, who will work with third-party consultants in order to meet the EEOC’s standards. Activision has also pledged to establish a $18 million fund to compensate employees who were harmed due to the misconduct and to support non-profit organizations that champion women in the gaming and tech industries.
Activision has not provided any substance to the numerous lawsuits against it and the protests and petitions that have been filed against them. It has changed the names of characters, items and locations that were referring to harassment or “frat-boy culture”, but it also used coercion and union-busting tactics to stop employees from organizing against it. This settlement with the EEOC is one of the most important promises that has been made so far.
Activision Blizzard employees are happy with the settlement. This settlement was a win for employees at Activision Blizzard. The DFEH opened up the floodgates this summer with its lawsuit. It gave employees of other companies the confidence and momentum to voice their grievances and abuses. This settlement could and should be the beginning of many positive changes in the gaming and tech industries.
This does not mean Activision Blizzard has lost its way. In recent years, the company’s reputation was irreparably damaged. The hemorhaging of high-profile talents during and before these allegations has only made matters worse. Activision Blizzard must realize that it is not easy to win back the trust of its players and employees.