Activision Blizzard will have to pay $ 18 million in compensation to the federal agency EEOC as part of the deal signed before the court. EEOC had sued the American publisher accusing the company of discrimination and sexual harassment against some female employees.
Activision Blizzard has opted for financial compensation so as to “apologize and reward those who have the full right”, also a part of the amount will be donated to associations that help women to enforce their rights in the world of work by promoting initiatives that encourage people to be more aware of the correct behaviors to be adopted towards female workers.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has accused Activision Blizzard of not respecting the rights of pregnant employees and of paying women workers less than men, for equal roles. Some employees would have been subjected to “harassment or serious accusations capable of altering the trust and conditions of the employment relationship” with unpleasant conduct repeated several times.
EEOO has tried several times to address the issue with Activision but without receiving feedback, hence the decision to take the company to court and the agreement signed at the beginning of the week. The company in this period is also defending itself from other lawsuits related to the working conditions and the toxic culture of employees, the most famous of these is the lawsuit against the state of California.